Monday 10 January 2005

Heidegger's ‘Gelassenheit’ 1955–2005. Inner Circle Seminar 93 (30 October 2005)

Martin Heidegger

Heidegger's ‘Gelassenheit


‘The Dreadful has Already Happened’

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 93
Sunday 30 October 2005
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

50 years ago today, on 30 October 1955, the philosopher MARTIN HEIDEGGER spoke in his birthplace, Meßkirch. He made what he called the ‘strange assertion’ that, precisely if hydrogen bombs do not destroy life on earth, we face a far greater danger. As he said in another lecture (‘The Thing’): ‘The Dreadful has already happened’. At Meßkirch, he advocated, for humanity in the atomic age, ‘Gelassenheit [serenity, releasedness] towards things’. For Heidegger’s Daseinsanalyst disciples, Boss and Condrau, Gelassenheit became the goal of psychotherapy. Today, we examine the aspiration to Gelassenheit.

Venue: Room C, Acland Building, Regent’s College, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS

Cost: Students £72, others £90, some bursaries, in advance
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
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