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HeideggerThrough Phenomenology to Thought$
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William J. Richardson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780823222551

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823222551.001.0001

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(p.577) Chapter XVI Language

William J. Richardson

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Heidegger's lecture on “Language”, considering Georg Trakl's short lyric, “Winter Evening”. It notes that human language is man's hailing response to the hail of Language as it presences. Foundational thought is elaborated here in terms of the origin of the language. Being is considered as the coming-to-pass of that scission which raises ontological difference. As Being is considered Utterance, it is also the coming-to-pass of aboriginal Language. In both cases, man's task is to respond to the hail addressed to him out of the need of Being for a There so that differentiating may give issue to the differentiated. It concludes that response to his hail is the coming-to-pass of human language in complete authenticity.

Keywords:   Language, hailing, Being, Winter Evening, Trakl, language origins

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