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Language and Being: Heidegger's Linguistics

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2018.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Duane Williams, Language and Being: Heidegger's Linguistics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 218pp., $114.00, ISBN 9781472573155. Reviewed by William McNeill, DePaul University This book provides a useful exploration of Heidegger's understanding of language in relation to his thinking of Being, arguing that these two, language and Being, are inextricably intertwined. Although Being is not reducible to language, the disclosure of something as being (and thus standing in Being) occurs only by way of language. Language is thus, in Heidegger's famous phrase from his "Letter on 'Humanism'" that serves as the foundation of this present study, "the house of Being," creating a dwelling site or abode in which humans and all things can be. Heidegger's reflections on language are not only notoriously difficult and complicated, but also appear "scattered in an assortment of essays," as the author puts it, and the stated... . . .

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