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On the Way to Language (Harper and Row Paperback Editions) Paperback – February 24, 1982

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

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  • Series: Harper and Row Paperback Editions
  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,843 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
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Arthur Anderson on May 5, 2013
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For the student of linguistic literary theory, Heidegger is crucial. Sure, it's dense in places, but this is where philosophy and linguistics come together. "Language is the house of being." That pretty much says it all. Where would we be without language. According to Heidegger, we wouldn't even be able to think.
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Looks at language from a perspective not touched on by semiotics, although Barthes and Heidegger both viewed language as ego enforcing random order on a chaotic universe, Heidegger searched for its roots while Barthes explained its universal uses.
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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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