About 4 years ago I took my first class on Heidegger, taught by Mark Wrathall at Brigham Young University. Though I will admit to being completely lost during that entire semester (my term paper was a complete flop, though Mark was merciful in his grading), I was determined to understand what on earth Heidegger was trying to say, what he was trying to accomplish. Thus I spent the following summer re-reading various parts of Being and Time, History of the Concept of Time, and Hubert Dreyfus' introductory work, Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger's Being and Time, Division I.
Finally, about 4 months after the end of the class, I began to understand what he was saying. Terms like ‘world,’ ‘equipmentality,’ ‘mood,’ and ‘aletheia’ began to make sense. When Heidegger spoke of the ‘being of beings’ (Sein des Seiendes), I could see something important and intelligible. Since that first glimmer of something meaningful, important, and revolutionary in Heidegger’s work, I’ve been hooked. Over the last 4 years my Heidegger library has expanded, including various works by Heidegger, commentaries (on his early and later thought), and journal articles.
With the above, I am still in my relative infancy in studying Heidegger’s thought. I do not put myself forward as an authority of Heidegger, but an admirer and student who is doing his best to understand his odd and sometimes enigmatic turns of phrase and terminology, spurred on by the success I have already had in understanding him and with the realization that there is much more that I haven’t even begun to understand. What you will find here are my own musings on Heidegger’s thought (including his philosophical progeny), often based on my current research in psychology, anthropology, hermeneutics, or whatever else strikes my fancy at the time.
I hope you enjoy this blog and my thoughts. If you ever have any questions about Heidegger, how to interpret a particular statement that Heidegger made, or how a Heideggerian might approach a certain issue feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer your queries (or at least direct you to where you might be able to find an answer). With that, enjoy!