Cover

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Title Page / Copyright Page

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CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. vii

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Radboud University Nijmegen proved to be a fruitful environment for working on this book. In particular, the Heidegger seminar was a very seminal place, and I would like to thank the people participating in it: (among others) Vincent Blok, Chris Bremmers, Nico Dieteren, Gerben Meynen, Andreea Parapuf, and Ben Vedder. In addition, I would...

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INTRODUCTION: Truth and Language

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pp. 1-10

The above quote stems from the essay “Of the Vanity of Words.” In this essay, Michel de Montaigne warns his readers against the treacherous language of rhetoricians. Within the history of philosophy, Montaigne’s warnings are not isolated. The philosophical distrust of language does not just concern the language of rhetoricians or sophists, but often also includes the language...

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ONE: Heidegger on Disclosure and Language

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pp. 11-57

Heidegger’s concern with the notion of truth and his reinterpretation of the Greek notion aletheia is an abiding theme in his thought. In fact, as one of the Feldweg-Gespräche suggests, his entire work consists in bringing the word aletheia back to language and in thinking that which the Greeks experienced in it.1 Against the background of the history of metaphysics, the claim that the word...

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TWO: The Transference of Writing

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pp. 58-123

In the previous chapter I discussed how Heidegger’s thought emphasizes the primacy of disclosure in relation to displacement. The latter is first and foremost understood as concealment as pseudos. This primacy of disclosure was traced clearly in his account of the essence of language as saying. However, there is more to language than the mere event of disclosure in saying. There is also...

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THREE: Inventions of Metaphor

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pp. 124-180

In Heidegger’s work, poetic language plays a crucial role to think the essence of language as the disclosure of being. In the wake of his work, contemporary hermeneutics and deconstruction have developed a keen interest in poetics. In particular, much attention has been paid to the use of metaphor and mimesis as important elements...

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FOUR: Mimesis in Myth and Translation

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pp. 181-235

The above quote from IJsseling beautifully shows that mimesis, like metaphor, fundamentally involves both disclosure and displacement. All mimesis concerns the disclosure of reality at another place or another level than where it originally occurred — in a story, on a stage, and so on. The reinterpretation of this notion in hermeneutics and deconstruction is concerned with the question...

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CONCLUSION: Disclosure and Displacement in Hermeneutics

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pp. 236-244

Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida are all three, though in different ways, concerned with the questions and problems that arise in the wake of a thinking that begins with language, to paraphrase Ricoeur’s statement at the end of “Existence et herméneutique.” In the previous chapters we have seen how the pair of concepts disclosure...

NOTES

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pp. 245-267

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 269-284

INDEX

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pp. 285-296