I’ll be taking a class on Heidegger’s Being and time next spring, which would be my first rigorous philosophy class. The class would begin by reading Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations, and then proceed to Being and Time. The followings are the description of the course:
“Being and Time” and Politics
An exploration of the political implications of Heidegger’s ontology, understood primarily as a phenomenology of mind. We will begin by considering some of the contexts of Heideggerian thought through an examination of Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations, and we will end by tracing certain aspects of its moral and political influence both in the writings of Levinas and Arendt and in the more recent critical literature on the question of Heidegger and National Socialism. Our principal task, however, will be to pursue a close and systematic study of Being and Time, focusing on central elements of its conceptual apparatus, including, for example, notions of entity and world, care and concern, anxiety and resoluteness, temporality and death, history and the state.
I have very limited experiences in reading philosophy for fun, including Russel’s History of western philosophy, and also Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.
How should I prepare for the coming class?
Should I read some of the works of Aristotle, like Metaphysics, and maybe Categories? Or should I jump Husserl’s Idea I? I have a month and half free before the start of next semester, so I can probably read 2 or 3 books during that time.