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JHP Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy

Call for Applications: JHP Summer Seminar, “Heidegger on the Essence of Truth” (June 3–7, 2024)

The Summer Seminar will take place from June 3rd to June 7th, 2024.

The deadline for applications is on February 1, 2024.

Here below you can find the course description provided with additional information.

Mindful of the challenges facing young scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has established a Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of philosophy would undertake to direct an intensive week of summer classes for the benefit of a small group of recent PhDs whose main research and teaching are in the relevant area. Normally, the classes will focus on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the participants would have studied as graduate students. The goal of the program is the enhancement of the expertise and understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization.

The JHP will select up to six individuals from among those who apply to participate in five days of intense classes on the announced subject. Travel, housing and food for the duration of the classes will be paid by the JHP up to $2,000. 

Dates: June 3–7, 2024

Location: Boston University

Topic: “Heidegger on the Essence of Truth”

Instructor: Daniel O. Dahlstrom (Boston University)

Course Description: In a note appended to the second edition (1949) of Heidegger's essay "On the Essence of Truth" (first delivered as a lecture in 1930), he contends that the answer to the question of the essence of truth is to be found in the proposition: The essence of truth is the truth of essence. The aim of the seminar is to shed light on the meaning and soundness of this proposition. To this end, this seminar will give a close reading of the essay, against the backdrop of (a) Heidegger's treatment of the medieval conception of essentia in his 1927 lectures and (b) his critical appropriation of traditional concepts of essence and truth in Being and Time and later works.

Application: Applicants should send a letter of interest along with a CV to Prof. Eileen Sweeney (eileen.sweeney@bc.edu).

Qualifications: Applicants with a PhD in philosophy received no earlier than January 1, 2018 as well as advanced doctoral students in philosophy who are writing their dissertations are welcome to apply.

AOS: This seminar will be useful to those interested in the development of Heidegger's philosophy, the history of early twentieth century German philosophy, phenomenology, Continental philosophy, and the metaphysics of essence and truth.

Deadline for submission: Applications must be received no later than February 1, 2024. Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2024.