ICS Calendar Title: Truth and Authenticity: Heidegger’s Being and Time
ICS Course Code: ICS 220706 W13
Instructor: Dr. Lambert Zuidervaart
Term and Year: Mondays, 9:30 - 12:30, Winter 2013
Last Updated: November 20, 2012 Note: This is not the final version for this syllabus.
Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time proposes a holistic conception of truth that can reconnect epistemology with cultural practices and social institutions. Yet his conception seems to make personal or communal “authenticity” the key to attaining truth. The seminar develops a constructive critique of Heidegger’s conception of truth by examining its internal logic and its hermeneutical role.
This is a research course in systematic philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS). It falls under the general rubric “The Postmodern Condition” and under the more specific theme “Truth after Metaphysics.” It is listed at ICS as ICS220706, at the University of Toronto as PHL2088S, and at the Toronto School of Theology as ICT5760HS.
The seminar has three learning goals:
Seminar participants are expected to:
The approximate weight assigned each component for the course mark is as follows:
Please feel free to talk to me about creating favorable conditions for your work in the seminar. I welcome spontaneous visits during my office hours (Mondays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm). You will need to make an appointment if you want to meet at some other time.
Supplementary readings come from the following list.
Individual: Each seminar participant will introduce at least one required reading in class. Your introduction will last about 20 minutes, depending on the number of presenters. It will summarize the reading, identify important issues in it, and state your position on these issues. You should also hand out two typed questions for us to discuss. They will help us think about the issues the reading raises. You should explain why you ask these questions and how the reading prompts them. Please keep your presentation succinct and lively, using the blackboard, photocopied handouts, computer projector, or other equipment where appropriate. Criteria for evaluation will include organization, clarity, perceptiveness, and scope.
Group: Alternatively, if you choose to, you may team up with one or two other seminar participants to prepare a group presentation. One member of the group will serve as the group’s coordinator, in consultation with the instructor. In the three-hour session for which your group is responsible, the group will present an introduction to the assigned readings (about 50-60 minutes altogether, although it may occur in smaller segments). This introduction should provide historical context for the readings, identify important issues in the readings, state your individual or collective positions on these issues, and indicate why these issues are worth discussing. After your introduction, your group will lead the rest of us in a discussion of the readings and the issues you have raised. The group’s presentation should reflect careful thought on the topics you choose. This does not mean that everyone in your group has to agree on every point—sometimes a presentation of disagreements is more interesting. Your group should give the rest of us topics to discuss: theses you wish to try out; questions you are wondering about; your criticism of positions or arguments in the assigned readings; etc. Please keep your presentation succinct and lively, using the blackboard, photocopied handouts, computer projector, or other equipment where appropriate. Criteria for evaluation will include organization, clarity, perceptiveness, and scope.
5.2 Research Paper (due Friday, May 24, 2013)
Format: The research paper will be typed double-spaced, include footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography, and contain approximately 4000 words; papers by doctoral students will contain approximately 5000-7000 words. A typed one-page proposal will be handed in during class on February 25. The proposal should include a brief bibliography that lists the key sources for your research. Papers are due May 24. Be sure to make consistent use of one of the following styles for format and documentation: either The MLA Style Manual or Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers (based on The Chicago Manual of Style). On the title page of your paper, please identify the style used.
Approach: The paper will state, explain, and defend your position on one question, puzzle, or problem pertaining to accounts of either truth or authenticity (or both) in contemporary philosophy. To accomplish this you will need to examine what other philosophers have said on your topic. Rather than simply report what others say, however, you should use their writings to develop your own position. In general, the more specific your focus, the stronger your paper will be.
Exceptions: Exceptions to the recommended approach should be discussed with the instructor well before the paper’s due date. For example, you may wish to explore the implications of a controversy in contemporary psychology or cultural anthropology for a philosophical approach to the topics considered in class. This might be acceptable, but only after we have discussed your proposal.
Evaluation: I shall assess your paper according to four criteria, each of which has similar weight: research, writing, reasoning, and scope. A paper that has been properly researched will demonstrate familiarity with relevant sources and will make strategic use of these sources. A well-written paper will be free from errors of spelling, punctuation, and grammar; it will be clear, concise, imaginative, and persuasive; and it will use gender-inclusive language. A well-reasoned paper will use valid and sound arguments; it will also be open and fair to alternative positions—not one-sided or small-minded. A paper with sufficient scope will be thorough, and it will probe beneath the surface of its subject matter.
Policies on Course Work: According to ICS policy, the due date for course papers falls between the third and the sixth week after the semester’s end. I have set the paper’s due date on the last day of that period. Since this occurs after the deadline at U of T for the submission of grades, U of T students will need to complete petitions for extensions.
ICS policy gives the instructor discretion to refuse extensions for late work by ICS Junior Members, and also to penalize late work. I have five reasons to resist granting extensions beyond the due date:
So aim to get your paper in on time, and talk with me right away if you are running stuck.
Readings, Required and Supplementary
BT xv-xxix, 1-35 (SZ § 1-8; pp. 1-40)
Supp: Dreyfus 1-39
Supp: Carman 1-52
BT 39-75 (SZ § 9-16; pp. 41-76)
Supp: Dreyfus 40-87
Supp: Carman 53-100
BT 76-110 (SZ § 17-24; pp. 76-113)
Supp: Dreyfus 88-140
Supp: Carman 101-154
BT 111-138 (SZ § 25-30; pp. 113-42)
Supp: Dreyfus 141-83
Supp: Dahlstrom xv-47
BT 138-73 (SZ § 31-38; pp. 142-80)
Supp: Dreyfus 184-237
Supp: Dahlstrom 48-103
BT 175-204 (SZ § 39-43; pp. 180-212)
Supp: Dreyfus 238-81
Supp: Dahlstrom 103-174
BT 204-228 (SZ § 44-46; pp. 212-37)
Supp: Zuidervaart, Artistic Truth 77-100
Supp: Dahlstrom 175-222
BT 229-69 (SZ § 47-57; pp. 237-80)
Supp: Zuidervaart, Social Phil. 77-106
Supp: Carman 204-263
BT 269-302 (SZ § 58-63; pp. 280-316)
Supp: Carman 264-313
Supp: Dahlstrom 223-88
BT 302-340 (SZ § 64-69a; pp. 316-56)
Supp: Dahlstrom 288-325
BT 340-77 (SZ § 69b-76; pp. 356-97)
Supp: Dahlstrom 325-84
BT 377-415 (SZ § 77-83; pp. 397-437)
Supp: Dahlstrom 385-456
Zuidervaart (§ 81-83)
Notes: JM = Junior Member(s)/Student(s). Supp = Supplementary reading. Abbreviations of book titles stem from the list of readings. The numbers indicate pagination, unless the symbol for section numbers appears (§). Only the readings in bold are required, but the others are strongly recommended. There is no class session on February 18, because of the Reading Recess. Please remember that your one-page paper proposal is due in class on February 25.
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