Heidegger’s way to
Being and Time

The Centenary Workshops

** Due to the current situation involving covid-19, the first workshop has been postponed. We hope to reschedule in due course.

With an eye to the 2027 centenary of that book’s publication, this series of workshops will retrace Heidegger’s steps, each workshop marking the centenary of key studies through which his thought progressed. We will track how, in the years following his return to teaching after World War One, Heidegger wrestled with, and questioned, the phenomenological outlook of his mentor, Husserl; he drew on themes in St Paul, St Augustine, Plato and Aristotle, repeatedly revisiting the latter; as time became a more prominent concern, he turned to the work of Dilthey, and then to Kant, an increasingly influential presence in Heidegger’s thought as he began to draft Being and Time itself.

The up-coming centenary offers the ideal opportunity to work systematically through this challenging but very rich material, setting Being and Time in its true historical context and making possible a re-examination of the book’s philosophical motivation and a fresh evaluation of its importance.

The first three workshops in the series are generously supported by a grant from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. We would also like to thank the Mind Association for its support. Subject to further funding, further workshops will follow.

Workshop 1

The Early Freiburg Phenomenology Courses

18th March 2020, the University of Southampton

Speakers: Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston), Tobias Keiling (Würzburg) and Irene McMullin (Essex).

Heidegger’s own distinctive understanding of philosophy and phenomenology’s possible role within it begins to become clear in his first lecture series at the University of Freiburg, published (and translated) as Towards the Definition of Philosophy (1919), Basic Problems of Phenomenology (1919-20) and Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression (1920).

Workshop 2

The Phenomenology of Religious Life

Autumn 2020/Spring 2021, King’s College, London

Having studied theology extensively in his youth, Heidegger returns to it, bringing his enriched​ philosophical outlook to bear on St Paul and St Augustine in a series of lectures published as The​ Phenomenology of Religious Life (1910-21).

Workshop 3

Aristotle Rediscovered

Autumn 2021/Spring 2022, Christ Church College, Oxford

Heidegger returns with fresh eyes to another key figure in his early studies in the lecture series,​ Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle (1921-22) and Aristotle: Ontology and Logic (1922), and the​ important essay, ‘Phenomenological Interpretations in Connection with Aristotle: An Indication of the​ Hermeneutical Situation’ (1922), envisaged as an introduction to a book-length (though never completed)​ study of Aristotle.


  • Sacha Golob (KCL)
  • Denis McManus (Southampton)
  • Joseph Schear (Oxford)

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We would like to thank Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Indiana University Press, SUNY Press and Verlag Vittorio Klostermann for the use of images featured on this website.

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