Hiram College

The Philosophy Department will present the talk: “Making Sense of the Connection Between Freedom and Death and Being and Time” at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2014, in Koritansky Hall.

Hans Pedersen, assistant professor of philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will deliver the lecture, based on his research on death and freedom. His research is based on German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s book “Being and Time.”

“I will argue that the connection between death and freedom being posited by Heidegger is a transcendental one,” Pedersen said. “Making this claim plausible, of course, requires the development of rather particular and perhaps unorthodox conceptions of freedom and death. The first two sections of the paper will be dedicated to the development of the requisite conceptions of freedom and death, respectively, while the final section of the paper will demonstrate how death makes freedom possible.”

Pederson’s work has appeared in journals and edited collections including The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Research, Being Amongst Others: Phenomenological Reflections on the Life-world, and Essays zu Heidegger und Husserl. Internationales Kolloquium für Doktoranden und Postdoktoranden in Verbindung mit der Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft e.V.

His co-edited volume Horizons of Authenticity in Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Moral Psychology: Essays in Honor of Charles Guignon (Springer, 2014) illustrates how ideas rooted in phenomenological and existential interpretations of human existence are open to contemporary ways of engaging with the enduring question of the meaning of human existence. He has previously held a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship at the University of South Florida, and received a DAAD German Intensive Language Study Grant from the Goethe-Institut in Freiburg, Germany.

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