Friday, 31 May 2019 at 9:00 am – Sunday, 2 June 2019 at 5:00 pm

On the History of Being – After The Black Notebooks

Conference organised by the Department of Philosophy at Manchester Met

Date: Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Time: See full schedule for details 

Location: Anthony Burgess Foundation

Tickets: Conference Fee for all three days, salaried £100 - for individual days and reduced fees for students, etc. see the website of the British Society for Phenomenology.

In celebration of Volume 50 of the JBSP, the British Society for Phenomenology is running a three-day conference, examining the contribution of Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte (Black Notebooks) to an understanding of the question of the history of being.

Confirmed Invited Contributions:

Prof. Babette Babich

Prof. Robert Bernasconi

Dr. Francesca Brencio


Following the publication of the Contributions to Philosophy, the Besinnung and the History of Being, the question of the significance of Heidegger’s later work has been widely discussed. However, the manifold difficulties raised by this Turning from the Question of the Meaning of Being to the Question of the History of Being, has led many philosophers to condemn the obscurity of these later works, particularly in contrast to the clarity of Being and Time. And yet, insofar as Heidegger’s later philosophy attempts to make our contemporary world question-worthy in an essential sense, it belongs with the most significant thought philosophy currently has to offer.

The aim of this conference is to explore the importance of the Schwarze Hefte (GA 94, 95, 96 & 97) beyond their contribution to Heidegger’s political biography. While attention has up to now focused almost exclusively on other matters, the ‘Black Notebooks’ offer new views and perspectives on Heidegger’s writings from the 1930s and 1940s, and beyond. They do so from various angles, including reflections on metaphysics, on politics as much as on the political situation of the time, on the main authors that Heidegger worked on during these years, on aesthetics, on his personal position in Germany, as well as on the works he had already published.

In other words, for anyone trying to understand, evaluate and transform Heidegger’s later thinking, to see where and how he moves beyond the parameters of the historico-transcendental tradition of the 19th century, these volumes offer immeasurable wealth and it is this wealth that this conference aims to uncover.

Organising committee:

Dr. Matt Barnard, Dr. Dominic Kelly, Dr. Keith Crome, Dr. Ullrich Haase

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ullrich Haase ·

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