"Becoming Who We Already Are": Heidegger and Kierkegaard on Repetition – YAALS Talk by Nate Zuckerman '02"Becoming Who We Already Are": Heidegger and Kierkegaard on Repetition – YAALS Talk by Nate Zuckerman '02http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/261222Magill Philips Wing2014-09-19T15:00:002014-09-19T16:00:00
September 19,2014 3:00PM–4:00PM
Magill Philips Wing
A talk in the Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series, sponsored by the Libraries and the Philosophy Department
The Young Academic Alumni Lecture Series presents...
Nate Zuckerman '02
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Spring Hill College
"'Becoming Who We Already Are': Heidegger and Kierkegaard on Repetition"
Friday, September 19
Tea at 2:45 p.m.
Talk at 3:00 p.m.
Philips Wing, Magill Library
For both Kierkegaard and Heidegger, being human is not a state or property that we have at a given point in time, nor is it a status that we can achieve at the end of some series of points in time. Instead, they claim, being human is better understood as a kind of ongoing activity that they call ‘repetition,’ and which they describe, paradoxically, as our ‘becoming who we already are.’ To understand the nature of this activity, why Heidegger and Kierkegaard insist that it does not unfold in time in an ordinary, sequential way, and what this tells us about the unique vulnerability of human life and identity, Zuckerman turns to the ancient philosophical view that inspired it: Aristotle’s ontology of living substances.
Nate Zuckerman is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Spring Hill College. His main interests are in the philosophy of Heidegger, phenomenology and existentialism, and Kant. He also has strong interests in Ancient philosophy (especially Aristotle) and the philosophy of mind. His teaching and research bring all of these interests to bear on questions about the nature of human agency and identity, and the role of our capacity for commitment in explaining how these things are possible and how they unfold and hang together in time.
Sponsored by the Libraries and the Philosophy Department.
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