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SDSU's Kevin Siefert Speaking on "Plato's Republic and Heidegger's Aletheia"

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The San Diego Philosophy Forum presents SDSU Master's candidate Kevin Siefert, speaking on "Plato's Republic and Heidegger's Aletheia." The event is open to the public.

(from the SD Philosophy Forum) -

Kevin Siefert earned a BA in Philosophy from San Diego State in the Spring of 2012, where he is currently pursuing a Master's in Philosophy.

When he's not immersed in his studies, this Los Angeles County Native unwinds at local music shows, predominantly those of the "underground" punk scene. And, while he doesn't always agree with the radical ideologies voiced by some of the bands and artists, he does think it important to give a platform to diverse thinkers, so that "extreme" views can be heard in counterposition to the political norm. For Kevin, going to these concerts and being a small member of this underground community has shaped his outlook and pursuits in his studies.

Currently, he is most interested in Heidegger's ontology and his works relating to the concept of "Aletheia." Recently, he has also begun to read the "Post-Structuralists" such as Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, and Guattari, who have, no doubt, been greatly influenced by Heidegger. He also harbors a growing interest in Nietzsche, most specifically these above-mentioned French thinkers' interpretations of Nietzsche's thought.

So, while Mr. Siefert's studies focus primarily on ontologic questions, he is also interested in the intersection of these ontologic conclusions with politics. --------

Aletheia (Ancient Greek: ἀλήθεια)

"Heidegger's idea of 'aletheia,' or disclosure (Erschlossenheit), was an attempt to make sense of how things in the world appear to human beings as part of an opening in intelligibility, as "unclosedness" or "unconcealedness". It is closely related to the notion of world disclosure, the way in which things get their sense as part of a holistically structured, pre-interpreted background of meaning. Initially, Heidegger wanted aletheia to stand for a re-interpreted definition of truth. However, he later corrected the association of aletheia with truth." (Wikipedia: "Aletheia")

The University of Chicago's Leo Strauss, a leading Heidegger scholar, puts it this way: “Yet while according to Plato and Aristotle to be in the highest sense means to be always, Heidegger contends that to be in the highest sense means to exist, that is to day, to be in the manner in which man is: to be in the highest sense is constituted by mortality. Philosophy then becomes analytics of Existenz.” (Kalev’s Anti Blog: "'Aletheia’and Heidegger’s Disclosure or Lack of It.")

When and Where: This will now be a non-hosted event...but... the philosophy group meets at the North University Public Library at 6pm to socialize and sometimes meet the speaker. Light refreshments and coffee are usually available (thanks to volunteers) but feel free to bring dinner along if you'd like. The presentation will begin at close to 6:30pm and will be 20 to 40 minutes. A Q&A will then go until about 8:00pm.