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Language after Heidegger

Krzysztof Ziarek

Publication Year: 2013

Working from newly available texts in Heidegger’s Complete Works, Krzysztof Ziarek presents Heidegger at his most radical and demonstrates how the thinker’s daring use of language is an integral part of his philosophical expression. Ziarek emphasizes the liberating potential of language as an event that discloses being and amplifies Heidegger’s call for a transformative approach to poetry, power, and ultimately, philosophy.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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pp. xi-xiv

The motivation and several ideas formative for this book have been in gestation for a while, both in my previous publications on Heidegger, language, and avant-garde poetry and poetics, as well as in my graduate teaching. These endeavors were directed toward developing the implications of Heidegger’s approach to language and evolving a way of thinking through language ...

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pp. xv-xvi

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pp. 1-12

As the title indicates, this book explores both language according to Heidegger: Heidegger’s idiomatic and innovative approach to words and language, and also language after Heidegger, that is, how we can think about language differently thanks to Heidegger’s work. In this way, while considering Heidegger’s main ideas on language, ...

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1. Event | Language

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pp. 13-77

The key role of language in Heidegger’s thinking after the “turn” of the mid- 1930s comes from his recognition, already hinted at in Contributions to Philosophy, that the question of being that spans the trajectory of his work is essentially the question, or more precisely, the way, of language. ...

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2. Words and Signs

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pp. 78-129

In most approaches to language, words are regarded as essentially linguistic signs. Their use and valence come from their place in the system of signs, their meaning is circumscribed by the play of signification, their definitions are to be found in dictionaries. In Heidegger, however, words (Worte) are not just distinct from language terms (Wörter) or signs (Wörterzeichen): ...

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3. Poetry and the Poietic

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pp. 130-174

It is common knowledge that Heidegger’s growing interest in Hölderlin’s poetry in the 1930s became one of the factors strongly contributing, together with reflections on Nietzsche and the critique of power, to the significant change in Heidegger’s understanding of the Seynsfrage and with it also of language, poetry, and art. ...

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4. Language after Metaphysics

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pp. 175-220

To develop in more detail poetic thinking after Heidegger, we must consider the pivotal role assumed in Heidegger’s work by hyphens and colons, especially the function of hyphenation in bringing to the fore and amplifying the play of prefixes into a resonant nexus of possibilities for transformative turns of thinking. ...


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pp. 233-244

E-ISBN-13: 9780253011091
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253011015

Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought