Language After Heidegger

2014.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krzysztof Ziarek, Language After Heidegger, Indiana University Press, 2013, 243pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253011015.
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2014.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krzysztof Ziarek, Language After Heidegger, Indiana University Press, 2013, 243pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253011015. Reviewed by Thomas Sheehan, Stanford University The first problem in addressing the topic of Heidegger and language is Heidegger’s own language, especially from 1936 on, when his technical terms and rhetoric become especially idiosyncratic. First of all, Heidegger maddeningly gives common terms uncommon meanings, and does so without notice — for example, “Ereignis” does not mean “event” as it does in ordinary German, and “Dasein” doesn’t mean existence. Second, Heidegger was scandalously inconsistent in the ever-changing meanings he gave to his key term “Sein” and to its older spelling, “Seyn.” And third, the more opaque his language becomes (“the world worlds,” “the nothing nothings”), the less he seems to offer evidence, much less justification, for his apparently far-fetched claims. This. . .

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