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Upcoming Philosophy and Religion Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursdays, October 2 - November 6
Heidegger Wars: Philosophy, Ideology, and Nazism
Led by Eugene Newman

Martin Heidegger’s widely admired existential philosophy has, in recent years, undergone a radical re-evaluation after the significant scholarly revelations of his deep commitment to Nazism. This seminar will grapple with some of the most important implications of Heidegger and Heideggerianism. Responses and commentary by prominent Heidegger participants such as Hannah Arendt and Herbert...


Starting: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
October 15 – December 3 (class will not meet November 26)
Unfinished Manuscripts, Unresolved War: Kafka, Hašek, and Prague in WWI
Led by Dagmar Herrmann

Kafka, the inscrutable founding spirit of literary modernism, and Hašek, a satiric, cynic, and lapsed revolutionary, were born in the same city in the same year, spent most of their lives in Prague, wrote their world-famous books around the time of World War I, and died a year apart. What kind of an environment produced writers as dissimilar and alike as Hašek and Kafka? History, geography,...