News media and personal conversations are filled with talk about the fear, anxiety and suspension of the “normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The familiar world is on hold as the busyness that dominates life has been taken over by a different sense of time (boredom, distraction, being at a loss), space (social distancing, sheltering in place), and things mattering (finishing a distinguished high school career, looking forward to college during a time of immense uncertainty). This talk offers a philosophical exploration of these phenomena through the lens of Martin Heidegger’s "Being and Time."


Julia Ireland
Associate Professor of German Studies and Philosophy

Julia Ireland teaches contemporary European philosophy and German intellectual history, and is teaching a seminar on "Being and Time." She is a Heidegger scholar and translator.

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COVID-19: A Liberal Arts Approach to the Study of a Global Pandemic was created in the spring of 2020 as a special one-credit course for Whitman College’s most newly admitted students, offering them an opportunity to get to know our distinguished faculty and to study a significant event in human history.