Lectures on Heidegger's Being and Time


Martin Heidegger's Master Work, Sein und Zeit, remains one of the most important and difficult works of 20th Century philosophy. Regardless of one's final judgment regarding the merits of the piece, it is critical that we have a fair and adequate understanding of the text itself.

These lectures, developed and delivered over several courses at different schools, represent an attempt to guide the reader through the work in a thoughtful and careful manner. It is best to use these notes in conjunction with the Macquarrie & Robinson translation. A list of selected secondary sources is also provided.


Special thanks to Lars Pedersen who sent me the files that enabled me to rebuild the site after a hacker attack.

Lecture Series

First Introduction
Second Introduction

Divsion One

The Worldhood of the World
Being-in As Such

The Nature of Verstehen
The Problem of Truth

Division Two

The Problem of Death

Selected Bibliography


Copyright: Robert Cavalier at rc2z@andrew.cmu.edu
Department of Philosophy / Carnegie Mellon University