Wednesday, 12 January 2005

Heidegger on ‘Why?’ Inner Circle Seminar 96 (18 December 2005)

Martin Heidegger

Heidegger on ‘Why?’

The Principle of Reason

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 96
Sunday 18 December 2005
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
50 years ago, during 1955–6, Martin Heidegger lectured at Freiburg University on the principle of reason: ‘Nothing is without reason’, ‘Nothing is without why’. In 1971, the 81-year-old philosopher, too frail to resume his seminars in Boss’s Zollikon home, recommended participants to start with his book of these lectures, The Principle of Reason (1957), and with What is Called Thinking? (1954). This seminar asks: ‘Why did Heidegger think The Principle of Reason was so important for psychotherapists?’ Many existential therapists think its critique of ‘the causality of natural-scientific thinking’ implies they should not ask clients ‘Why?’ We ask: ‘Why do they think this? Why should they not ask “Why?”?’

Venue: Room C, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1
Cost: Students £72, others £90, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:

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