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On the Way to Language Paperback – February 24, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0060638597 ISBN-10: 0060638591 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 24, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060638591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060638597
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Heidegger's central ideas on the origin, nature, and significance of language.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Right, so this is an extremely challenging collection, Heidegger's examination of language is definitely key to his overall way of thinking, which is probably why it's so hard to get at, for a lot of these he seems more interested in pointing the way towards a meaningful inquiry than actually trying to engage and wrestle with one. And while some of these seemed sort of non-comittal, they certainly have no lack of things to say about the phenomenon itself, and a lot of what they do say seems to tie back into itself in a sort of philosophic feedback loop. If that sounds vague, it's because largely I couldn't get my mind around what he was trying to do in these essays. I felt a lot less confident about what he's trying to pursue here than I do about the stuff in 'Poetry, Language, Thought.' Even taking them at just 5-10 pages a day, I think I'll need to go through these again some time later on before I can get a definite sense of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell Hvolbek on November 11, 2013
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Great philosophers are a human treasure. If their words are eventually accounted as incomplete, perhaps even incorrect, their statements nonetheless resonate importantly and necessarily to all students. For the knowledge of philosophy is not a collection of facts and data you must know. To the contrary, it is best understood as a dialogue, an inquisitive thinking path within which humans can travel. Philosophy is the activity of thinking and saying something about the being of the world, the beings in the world, and humans being in the world. This thinking takes place within the mental horizons we acquire in the process of being raised in a human community in one or another of the infinitely complex vernacular languages of the human world.
To not understand something of what a great philosopher says, therefore, is not only to be deprived of insight and understanding, but, because insight and understanding determine the range of human perception and activity, it is to be deprived of the depth and breadth of awareness achievable by humans as they live life. If we are lucky a wise parent, grandparent, uncle, friend or teacher opens us up to the complex nature of human awareness. If we are not so lucky we remain ineluctably bound to the particular orientation to reality we acquired in our early years. Our perspectives are fettered.
This book, On the Way to Language, by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), is a collection of essays on the complex nature in which humans find themselves because of our being in language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 17, 2015
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was an influential and controversial German philosopher, primarily concerned with Being, and phenomenology---who was widely (perhaps incorrectly) also perceived as an Existentialist. His relationship with the Nazi party in Germany has been the subject of widespread controversy and debate [e.g., Heidegger and Nazism, Heidegger and the Nazis, Heidegger's Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany, Heidegger and the Question of National Socialism, etc.] He wrote many other books, such as Being and Time, Introduction to Metaphysics, Basic Writings, Nietzsche, Vol. 1: The Will to Power as Art, Vol. 2: The Eternal Recurrence of the Same, ...Read more ›
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Born in southern Germany, Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Marburg. His published works include: Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics (1929); An Introduction to Metaphysics (1935); Discourse on Thinking (1959); On the Way to Language (1959); Poetry, Language, Thought (1971). His best-known work is Being and Time (1927).

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