Title: Heidegger’s Aristotle and the Speaking Animal
Speaker: James Garrett
Date, Time: Tuesday 16/10/2012, 5:15pm
Location: Old Quad Common Room, Melbourne University
Abstract: From 1922 to 1924 Heidegger worked on a book that was to be called ‘Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle’ but which was never completed. With the lectures and other texts from this period now available we can trace the development of the material that formed the first part of Being and Time written in 1926. In this paper I wish to show how Heidegger framed his reading of Aristotle within what he called the ‘hermeneutic situation’ and how by grasping the underlying structures of the hermeneutic situation we can see in what ways Heidegger could oppose Aristotle to his traditional inheritance. I shall explain briefly how Heidegger revises Husserl’s phenomenology and then the way that Aristotle, at least for a time, played the role for Heidegger of the exemplar philosopher who could demonstrate to our times the original possibility of philosophy.
The newly created Melbourne University Philosophy Community (MUPC) seeks to promote intellectual discussion and a sense of community among philosophy students.
With the new semester comes a new University of Melbourne Philosophy Postgraduate Colloquium Series, provisionally taking place early evening on Tuesdays (5:15-7:15 PM). Naturally, in order for this to occur, speakers are required to volunteer papers to fill in our schedule, roughly 12 weeks over the teaching period (Tuesday the 29th of February being our first available date). Papers ought not to exceed 45 minutes in length, but the content of such presentations is encouraged to be as diverse as possible. If you are interested in presenting, please send Julian Spiller an email (jtspiller[at]gmail.com) indicating an approximate week of preference – no need to have titles or abstracts battened down yet! Postgraduate students at other universities are also encouraged to express their interest.
Preparations for this year’s philosophy postgraduate conference (traditionally known as the Blackwood Conference) are underway. The event will be held on the weekend Fri 30 July – Sun 1 August.
There are still some places available. If you are interested in coming along or would like to know more, email Simon D’Alfonso at firstname.lastname@example.org, including the following details:
Affiliation with philosophy postgrad group:
The School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry is dissolving. The Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science departments are going to form a new school with members of the School of Historical Studies.
The University’s press release can be found here.
The Philosopher’s Zone program coming up this Saturday is of particular relevance. Here is a summary:
We’re often told that, when it comes to philosophy, Australia is punching above its weight. A country as small as ours ought not to be producing so many fine philosophers as we have. But have those days come to an end? Over in Chicago, the Philosophy Gourmet Report, which ranks philosophy departments in the English-speaking world, has demoted the University of Melbourne’s department out of the top fifty. What does this mean for the University and for philosophy in Australia?
You can check out the website here