Derrida’s 64-5 Heidegger Course outline

I’ve written a couple of posts a while back about this course. Now I’m returning to it in working on a couple of papers. Among other things I’m writing a review of the book, and I want the review to be genuinely helpful in research. To that end, I’ve compiled a little substantive table of contents to the book.

Derrida did not give titles to the seminars. Nevertheless, they are very pedagogical, with clear partitions, summary passages, and the regular practice of connecting each seminar to the overall trajectory. Here I’ve tried to articulate this. This is, note, only a draft, and some times my indication of subsection is simply indicating a digression or aside that seems important.

  1. Introduction I: The question of being is not an “ontology”
    1. Hegelian refutation as ontological development
    2. Heidegger’s later caution concerning “ontology”
  2. Introduction II: Refusing historicist and ahistorical approaches; Ontic difficulties
    1. “Telling stories” is to derive Being from beings (SZ s.7)
    2. Plato’s Sophist and Hegel on the Question of Being
    3. Start of course proper: Why begin with Dasein? And where to begin?
  3. The fact of language: Two assurances as a starting place
    1. The Faktum of language in general
    2. Questioning and language in general
    3. Meaning, signification, and word (Introduction to Metaphysics)
    4. Metaphors in Heidegger’s text: “Language as the house of being”
    5. Renan and Nietzsche on the origin of the word “be”
  4. The second assurance: Signification and the meaning of being
    1. Remark on Dasein as a text on which to read the meaning of being
    2. The circularity of historicity: the exemplarity of Dasein
    3. The significance of historicity within the project of Sein und Zeit
    4. Reduction of World history and of historical science (objectivity, epistemology): The originality of Heidegger’s concept of historicity
  5. Husserl on Geschichtlichkeit
    1. “Peoples without history”
    2. Destruktion of subjectivity and the connection between historicity and Dasein
    3. Consequences in Husserlian phenomenology: Historicity as objectivity
  6. Weltanschuuang and Weltbild
    1. Husserl’s account of historicity remains a worldview
    2. Heidegger’s account of Weltbild
    3. Heidegger on World and temporality; the difference between Heidegger and Hegel
  7. How Sein und Zeit runs out of breath
    1. The preliminary role of Sein und Zeit
    2. The question of authentic historicity is deferred
    3. Four significations of “being historical” (SZ 73)
    4. Ek-stasis and historicity
  8. The self that hands itself down to itself
    1. Auto-transmission and the auto-affection of time
    2. Authenticity and heritage (SZ 74)
    3. Labour, struggle, and death
  9. The reduction of World-history
    1. World history and historical science are derivative concepts
    2. Bewegtheit not Bewegung and concepts of time (SZ75)
    3. Nietzsche’s 2nd Untimely Meditation on history
    4. Conclusion: metaphor and historicity



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