The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) will sponsor an introductory reading group on the enormously influential German existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). The reading group will meet on the Hamilton College campus, Burke Library classroom 209, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays:  February 5, February 19, March 5, April 2, April 9, and April 23. It is open to the general public as well as to Hamilton students. To register, or for more information, please contact Dr. Frisk at or 315-381-3335 (o) or 202-999-5751 (c), or Professor Robert Paquette,

Readings will be no more than 40 pages per class session. The topics covered will include an introduction to Heidegger’s great work Being and Time, Heidegger on the nature of truth, Heidegger on modern science and metaphysics, Heidegger on technology, and his distinction between philosophy and “thinking.”

The group will be led by AHI Resident Fellow David Frisk who teaches our continuing education courses and has conducted reading groups in the past year on Edmund Burke and Leo Strauss.