“The picture really represents nothing. Yet you are alone at once with what is there …” p. 39

Introduction to Metaphysics reading group

on the

Deleuze and Guattari Quarantine Collective Discord server

Starting January 22nd 2021

Fridays at 4 PM Pacific Time

Kent Palmer (kdp.me) is hosting a discussion of Martin Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics, a lecture course from 1935, on the D&GQC Discord server.

Discord is not like clicking a Zoom link on your mobile and joining a meeting. You first need to learn how to get around a Discord server. Discord is like Slack or Microsoft Teams, an application for managing multiple conversations through messaging, posts, and live meetings.


The online-audio-video services for the group meetings are kindly hosted by the Deleuze and Guattari Quarantine Collective server on Discord.com.

This meeting link will take you to the waiting room. If this is your first time on Discord, Discord will prompt you to register; create a user. Once in the D&GQC waiting-room, type in a message to get in: "Please let me into the Heidegger Basic Writings reading group!". This step is to limit spam bots.

In a few minutes a kind admin will let you onto the server.

Once on, scroll down the list on the left of the screen to the join-a-reading section and them click on the button under 'Heidegger'.

This will add the 'Heidegger' section to the list pane on the left.

Click on 'Heidegger BW Talk' to join the live discussion at the appointed time.

The quality of your experience will depend on your client. I recommend installing the Discord client for your mobile/PC OS, as it works better than the web browser, and is a quick install.

Depending on your mobile's bandwidth you should be able to listen in on the reading group, but to participate in the conversation in real-time you will probably need a fast machine and connection.

The reading group meetings will be recorded and posted on SoundCloud.

Introduction to Metaphysics was first a lecture course that Heidegger gave summer semester 1935 at Freiburg.

It was published as a five chapter book edited by Heidegger in 1953 by Niemeyer.

In 1959 Yale University Press published Ralph Manheim's translation.

In 1983 Klostermann published the lecture course as volume 40 of Heidegger's collected works, edited by Petra Jaeger, based on the original 1935 transcripts, and calling out differences with the 1953 book version. It was published using the lecture course's 59 sections as the table of contents, like the other lecture courses published in the collected works, and with some ancillary material Heidegger wrote for the course.

In 2000 Yale University Press publish Gregory Fried and Richard Polt's new translation of the 1953 German book.

In 2014 Yale University Press publish a second edition of Fried and Polt's translation, based on the collected works edition, including the table of contents from the lecture course.

The plan for the reading group is go through the book by section. Pick a exemplary or significant sentence or paragraph to read in each section. Discuss the passage and that section. And then go on to the next section. I'm guessing we'll get through the 59 sections in the book in 10 to 12 weeks, but we can set our own pace based on our conversations.

It doesn't matter a whole lot which edition of the book you read — the critical thing is to read it, and to think along Heidegger's path. During the reading group sessions we'll be projecting the Yale 2nd edition.