You’ve got a fair bit of freedom as to what to read this week. The syllabus suggests either Heidegger on being a person or Dasein’s disclosedness, both of which are great papers, and helpful for understanding what JH sees in this Heidegger fellow. ‘Heidegger on being a person’ has the advantage of tying in more obviously to the themes we’ve covered in the book so far (I think), but the disadvantage of containing views on Heidegger that Haugeland later repudiates. ‘Dasein’s Disclosedness’ is helpful for understanding how JH thinks his views on truth and objectivity (which we’ll continue to flesh out over the next couple of weeks) are importantly Heideggerian.
But both papers have the disadvantage that neither of our presenters will talk about them very much, or perhaps at all! Harry will be focusing on Dreyfus’s ‘Why Heideggerian AI failed (etc)‘, and our special overseas celebrity guest presenter ‘Andrew Buskell’ will be focussing on a lesser known bit of Haugedegger called ‘Letting Be’, all of which you should be able to read on the Googlebooks preview here. Both are recommended reading!
On top of that, if you’re looking for more JH to read then I’ve been wondering whether I should have put Understanding Natural Language (ch2 of Having Thought), and Dennett and Searle on Intentionality (ch12 of HT) on the course as main readings – the former suggests how JH thinks that his emphases on embodied coping/responsible stand-taking bear on the fancy conceptual abilities of natural language, and the latter is a nice bridge between the papers we’ve considered in the last couple of weeks and ‘Truth and Rule-following’.
Lastly, another wise alternative might be to spend some of this week getting a head start on ‘Truth and Rule-following’ – it is monstrous and tricky (and thinking and talking about it will be our last chance to tie up or identify any loose threads dangling from JH’s view in the book), so the longer you give yourself to read and digest it, the better!
Happy choosing, and good luck with whatever option you take!