PHEB805 Heidegger


The course presents the philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) – one of the most important thinkers of the XX century. The starting point is the idea of phenomenology – the philosophical paradigm of Heidegger’s formation. In his main work “Time and Being” (1927) Heidegger changes the program of phenomenology significantly. Objectives, composition, main ideas, argumentation and concepts of “Time and Being” are carefully analyzed. The second part of the course considers the so called “late” period of Heidegger’s work. The most important topics here are science, technology, language, art, poetry and the end of philosophy. The course is the consideration of Heidegger’s influence on contemporary philosophy.

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Prof. Hristo Todorov, PhD

Course Description:


Successful graduates of the course students:

1) know:

• Philosophical works of Martin Heidegger.

• Periods and developments in his work.

• Main ideas in Heidegger’s Philosophy.

2) can:

• Explain Heidegger’s main concepts.

• Understand and evaluate Heidegger’s ideas independently and critically.

Students have knowledge and /or skills: basic knowledge in political philosophy.

Full-time Programmes

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Language of teaching:


  1. German philosophy in the XIX century. Neo-kantianism.
  2. The idea of phenomenology – Edmund Husserl.
  3. Life and work of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Heidegger’s earliest writings
  4. Heidegger in the 20s – preparation of “Time and Being"
  5. “Time and Being” (1927) – objectives, composition, main ideas, argumentation and concepts.
  6. Main structures of being in “Time and Being”.
  7. Theory of time in “Time and Being”.
  8. Written assignment.
  9. Heidegger’s understanding of metaphysics.
  10. Heidegger: “What Is Metaphysics?”
  11. Heidegger’s interpretations of Kant and Nietzsche.
  12. The turn” in Heidegger’s philosophy. Heidegger’s understanding of humanism.
  13. Heidegger: “Plato’s Doctrine of Truth”.
  14. Heidegger on science, technology, language.
  15. Heidegger's legacy.


Clark, T., 2001: “Routledge Critical Thinkers: Martin Heidegger”, London: Routledge.

Dreyfus, H.L. and Hall, H. (eds.): “Heidegger: a Critical Reader”, Oxford: Blackwell 1992.

Gorner, P.: “Heidegger's Being and Time: an Introduction” Cambridge University Press 2007.

Guignon, C.: “Heidegger and the Problem of Knowledge”, Indiana: Hackett 1983.

Guignon, C., (ed.): “The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger”, Cambridge University Press 1993.

Heidegger, Martin: “An Introduction to Metaphysics”, translated by R. Manheim, New York: Doubleday, 1961.

Heidegger, Martin: “Being and Time”, translated by J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1962.

Heidegger, Martin: “Contributions to Philosophy”, translated by P. Emad and K. Maly, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999.

Heidegger, Martin: “Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics”, translated by R. Taft, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1929/1997

Heidegger, Martin: “Letter on Humanism”, translated by F. A Capuzzi and J. Glenn Gray, in D. F. Krell (ed.) Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings, revised and expanded edition, London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 217–65.

Heidegger, Martin: “The Basic Problems of Phenomenology”, translated by A. Hofstadter, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982.

Heidegger, Martin: “The Origin of the Work of Art”, translated by A. Hofstadter with minor changes by D. F. Krell, in D. F. Krell (ed.) Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings, revised and expanded edition, London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 143–212.

Heidegger, Martin: “The Question Concerning Technology”, translated by W. Lovitt with revisions by D. F. Krell, in D. F. Krell (ed.) “Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings”, revised and expanded edition, London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 311–41.

Heidegger, Martin: “What is Metaphysics?”, translated by D. F. Krell, in D. F. Krell (ed.) Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings, revised and expanded edition, London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 93–110.

Macann, C. (ed.): “Critical Heidegger”, London: Routledge 1996.

Marx. W.: “Heidegger and the Tradition”, translated by T. Kisiel and M. Greene, Evanston: Northwestern University Press 1970.

Wrathall, M.: “How to Read Heidegger”, London: Granta 2003.