William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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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

Chapter.  2166 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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