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The Mystery of Existence: A New Interpretation of Martin Heidegger's Sein Und Zeit

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"I'm a philosopher who teaches in the university, and have been studying Heidegger for 30 years, and your 12-lecture course has literally transformed my understanding of Sein und Zeit. This course is invaluable. Thank you so much."

— Profesor Aliman S.

Course Description

Haunted by Hamlet’s question, “To be or not to be,” humans wander the world oblivious to the meaning of their own existence. A century ago, in a period of global turmoil, crisis, and despair, Martin Heidegger published a revolutionary response to the question, what does it mean to be, creating the foundations of Existentialism and reshaping philosophy, atheism, and religion across the world. His book, Sein und Zeit, was first translated into English in 1962 as Being and Time.

Based on a decade of research at Yale University by the philosopher Samuel Loncar, Ph.D., this original interpretation of Sein und Zeit, using only the German text and his own translations, reveals for the first time that Heidegger’s work has been mistranslated and therefore misunderstood as Being and Time.

Heidegger’s essential idea of what it means to be was obscured by his own fraught employment of ideas from the history of theology, the immense intellectual challenge of explaining Heidegger’s ideas, whose origins he sought to conceal, and the difficulty of rendering them in English. From Being to Time to Existence and Time: An Interpretation of Sein und Zeit presents a fundamental reevaluation of Heidegger’s major work by returning to the original German and integrating the hidden frameworks that shaped Heidegger.

Drawing on recent scholarship and his own work in the history of philosophy, science, and religion, Samuel Loncar provides a clear analysis of the central ideas of the book, giving any engaged listener the tools to understand the text for themselves and gain deeper insight into their own existence.

At the heart of his argument is his solution to the book’s central, but rarely discussed, mystery: Why did Martin Heidegger define the human being in the same terms Thomas Aquinas used to describe God?

In the end, we are led to a new vision of Heidegger, philosophy, theology, atheism, and our own existence.


Part One: The Origins of Dasein and Existenz

Lecture 1: The Narrative Logic of Existence and Time

Lecture 2: Kierkegaard and the Origin of Dasein

Lecture 3: Journey to Existenz: Part 1

Lecture 4: Existence and Essence. Journey to Existenz: Part 2

Part Two: Existential Freedom: Authenticity and Temporality

Lecture 5: From Kant to Heidegger: Autonomy and Normativity

Lecture 6: Time as the Horizon of the Question of Sein

Lecture 7: Tradition and Concealment: The Destruction of the History of Ontology

Lecture 8: Consolidating the Silent Revolution: Heidegger and the Reparative Destruction of Ontology

Part Three: From the Afar to the Afar: Dasein, the World, and the Call of Conscience

Lecture 9: The Task of Existence and the Uniqueness of Dasein

Lecture 10: The Corrupted Root and the Lost World: The Fall of Dasein

Lecture 11: From the Afar: Guilt, Dread, and the Call of Conscience

Lecture 12: The Divine Mystery of Dasein and the End of Philosophy

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