Paweł Korobczak, “From Being and Time to Time and Being through Nothing,” Three Seminars on Heidegger, April 9, 10, and 11

The AIPCT is pleased to announce a series of three seminars on the thought of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) by Professor Paweł Korobczak, University of Wrocław, on three consecutive days, April 9, 10, and 11, from 5:00 until 7:00. The talks are free and open to the public.Attendees are free to bring their own drinks and snacks, but wine, beer, coffee and tea are available, plus light refreshments. Doors open at 4:30, and participants are free to stay for discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The Seminars

Martin Heidegger is one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. His thought constitutes an independent project of the question of being. At the same time, however, it remains in various ways related to several of the most important directions of the contemporary philosophical scene, such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophy of dialogue and philosophy of difference. Developing, modifying, giving new shapes and directions to philosophical concepts, remaining, on the other hand, the subject of much controversy and criticism: Heidegger’s work is part of the landscape of modernity, without which an understanding of the phenomena and trends of recent thought becomes incomplete, if not impossible. The purpose of the lectures is to point out the basic issues of Heidegger’s thought.

The series includes three lectures:

  1. The Thought of Early Heidegger. (April 9) The lecture will focus on Heidegger’s early conception of philosophy (up to the late 1920s), with particular emphasis on the project of fundamental ontology contained in the foundational work “Being and Time.” Topics discussed include such issues as the question of the meaning of being, being-in-the-world, existential hermeneutics, the authenticity and inauthenticity of being, being-toward-death and primordial temporality.
  2. The 1930s and 1940s. (April 10) The lecture will sketch the evolution of Heidegger’s concepts after the publication of “Being and Time”. Issues discussed include the turn, the essence of Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant (“Kant and the problem of metaphysics” and the Davos meeting and discussion with Cassirer), the question of truth and freedom, the question of metaphysics and the questions of nothingness, another beginning, Gelassenheit.
  3. The post-war period. (April 11) The lecture is devoted to the themes of Heidegger’s late thought. Issues discussed include: the question of ethics (“Letter on ‘Humanism'”), what it means that we do not yet think and that science does not think (“What is called thinking”), the question of the essence of technology, the question of enowning (“Time and Being”).

The Seminar Leader

Paweł Korobczak studied philosophy at the University of Wrocław (Poland). There, in 1999, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humanities in Philosophy on the basis of the thesis titled The Anarchaic Thought. The Problem of Origin in the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the Task of Grounding Metaphysics. Since 2005 he has been working at his alma mater as an assiociated professor in the Department of Ethics of the Institute of Philosophy. In 2018, he was awarded a postdoctoral degree on the basis of his monograph on Martin Heidegger’s thought, entitled The Concealed Ethical Dimension in Martin Heidegger’s Thought. He serves as Deputy Director for Teaching and Student Affairs since 2020.

He situates his interests in the area of questions about the sources of ethics. His research is conducted primarily in the field of phenomenology, with particular emphasis on issues related to the material ethics of value and the relationship between value and life-world. He complements this research with the area of contemporary French thought, mainly related to the tradition of post-structuralism. He is interested in the thought of such thinkers as (among others) Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Scheler, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Emmanuel Levinas.

His most important recent publications:

  1. Heidegger i filozofia współczesna Krzysztofa Michalskiego w świetle korespondencji z Janem Patočką [Heidegger and contemporary philosophy of Krzysztof Michalski in the light of his correspondence with Jan Patočka] [w:] „Archiwum Historii Filozofii i Myśli Społecznej” 65 (2020), pp. 369-389.
  2. Kryzys wartości – wartość kryzysu [The crisis of values – the value of the crisis], (red.) Wrocław 2020, 174 p.
  3. Różnica wartości albo o pożytku z trudności [The difference in values or the benefit of difficulty] [in:] W: Kryzys wartości – wartość kryzysu, P. Korobczak (red.), Wrocław 2020, pp. 11-20.
  4. Skryty wymiar etyczności w myśli Martina Heideggera [The Concealed Dimension in Martin Heidegger’s Thought], Wrocław 2018, 533 p.
  5. Wojna jako doświadczenie egzystencjalne. Jana Patočki herezja wolności [War as an Existential Experience. Jan Patočka’s Heresy of Freedom] [in:] Rzecz piękna, mądra, dobra… 4, Pokój, S. Barć, P. Korobczak, A. Lorczyk (red.), Wrocław 2018, pp. 191-202.


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