Martin Heidegger's radical and, for that, controversial reflections on language were not simply a passing interest in his thinking, but a fundamental, career-long concern arguably as significant to him as his study of being.
This book traces the intimate connection between language and being in Heidegger's philosophy, and shows how they cannot be understood apart from one another. It discusses why Heidegger's undervalued philosophy of language is increasingly important, how it figures in the wider context of his work, and how it is to be approached and understood for our times. This includes the significance to Heidegger of being, the logos principle, etymology, phenomenology, mysticism, and poetry.
Illuminating a difficult yet highly significant area in Heidegger's thinking, Williams provides an insightful and authoritative interpretation of the topic.
Duane Williams teaches and researches in the Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Liverpool Hope University. His first book, The Linguistic Christ was published in 2011. He is the editor of Medieval Mystical Theology: The Journal of the Eckhart Society, and co-facilitator of the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion.
Introduction Interpreting Heidegger Heidegger's Approach Heidegger and Language Mystical Heidegger Heidegger and the Logos Structure and Scope Chapter 1. The Forgetting Of Being 1. 1. The Fundamental Question 1. 2. Ontotheology 1. 3. The Isness of Being 1. 4. The Ontological Difference Chapter 2. The Attunement Of Language To Being 2. 1. The Whatness of What 2. 2. Co-respondence 2. 3. A Linguistic Concern Chapter 3. Language Devalued 3. 1. Language as Logical Assertion 3. 2. Language as Interpretive Discourse 3. 3. Language as Idle Talk 3. 4. Curiosity and Duplicity Chapter 4. Homelessness And The House Of Being 4. 1. Language as Sign System 4. 2. The Architectonic Structure of Language 4. 3. Two Theories of Language 4. 4. The Conventional View of Language 4. 5. Language as the House of Being Chapter 5. In The Beginning Was The Word 5. 1. Manifestation or Creation? 5. 2. The Law of Mediacy 5. 3. The Irruption of Poiesis 5. 4. Poetry as Linguistic Work Chapter 6. The Flower Of The Mouth 6. 1. Alethia and Lichtung 6. 2. Koto Ba that Names Iki 6. 3. Language as Saying Chapter 7. The Dif-ference That Tears And Bears 7. 1. A Division in the Middle 7. 2. The Striving-Strife of the Rift-Design 7. 3. The Pain of the Threshold's Joining 7. 4. Language Speaks as the Peal of Stillness Chapter 8. Language As It Gives And Not It Is 8. 1. The Nothing Noths 8. 2. Presence in Absence 8. 3. The Leitsatz Chapter 9. The Way To Language 9. 1. Bringing Language As Language To Language 9. 2. The Way-Making Movement 9. 3. Seeking the Prize so Rich and Frail Chapter 10. The Showing Of Saying As Owning-Event 10. 1. Propriation 10. 2. The Essence of Man 10. 3. An Apparent Contradiction 10. 4. Saying the Same with the Logos Chapter 11. Language Alone Speaks 11. 1. Etymology 11. 2. The Peculiarity of Language 11. 3. Language is Language Chapter 12. The Sayers Who More Sayingly Say 12. 1. The Destitute Time 12. 2. The Closing of the Open 12. 3. The Conversion of Consciousness 12. 4. More Daring by a Breath 12. 5. Poetically Man Dwells Conclusion Bibliography