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In this volume Martin Heidegger confronts the philosophical problems of language and begins to unfold the meaning begind his famous and little understood phrase "Language is the House of Being."The "Dialogue on Language," between Heidegger and a Japanese friend, together with the four lectures that follow, present Heidegger's central ideas on the origin, nature, and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 24th 1982 by HarperOne (first published 1959)
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Extremely challenging, which was to be expected. I did find it fascinating and despite my hope for an apolitical reading, I stand in agreement with even Richard Wolin that Heidegger must have been a mesmerizing lecturer. I found the reading of George and Trakl to be most intriguing though I fear my binding will suffer as does my appropriation. Not sure what this will engender.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
To read Heidegger is like reading his thoughts - a bit in a stream-of-consciousness way, but with more order and structure. He has a tendency to start off from a simple position and then just go completely mad. And I always feel this madness rising in myself too. It is hard to describe; it isn't as if I was reading just words, printed black on white paper, it is always a direct connection to what Heidegger really thinks or tried to think. Many of his shorter works are like Marvin Gaye's songs, ...more
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to reflect on Language
I expected this to be slow-going, a heavy and heady read of another philosopher. In fact, and maybe this is in part due to the translation, but only in part, I found the reading of this collection of essays on Language and poetry and poetic thought to be fun, inviting reflection in ways that was engaging and constantly pulling me farther, forward into the essays rather than--as is often the case for me when reading philo--making me stop for months of reflction before getting to the next pages. ...more
Maggie Roessler
yeah this book booked the hellouta me. several holy moments, several hours into reading, would grasp me and pull me all the way in ... but reading this from the outside is torture
Michael Kress
Several months ago, I purchased this paperback in a used bookstore in Florence, AL. I started reading it and finished most of it, then put it down for several months. I picked it back up a few days ago and finished it. I don't fully recall the middle chapters, so I'm only going to discuss the first and last chapters, "A Dialogue On Language" and "Language In The Poem." "A Dialogue On Language" is a discussion between a Westerner and a Japanese person. As I recall, they talk about the differences ...more
Jacob Aitken
This book functions as a running commentary on Heidegger’s famous line: “Language is the house of being.” It begins with a 50 page dialogue between himself and a Japanese student on the limits of language. Quite fascinating, actually. Heidegger talks about his studies with Husserl and how Being and Time was received. It then examines some difficult (!) themes in Being and Time.

(It might help to read Dugin’s intro to Heidegger. He captures Heidegger’s philosophy of language far better than I can.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kev by: Adam
Shelves: philosophy
This is pretty wonderful. Deeply illuminating. I recommend this one. It will make you rethink what is "Thinking" and what are we really doing when we assume we "Understand" one another in conversation.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ich habe Stunden und Tagen verbracht an jeder Zeile. Es hat mich wirklich bezaubert, wie Heidegger mit den Wörtern gespielt hat. Eine echte Kunstwerk für jemand, der Interesse an übersetzen und Philosophie hat. Unbedingt auf Deutsch lesen!
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The best evidence for my belief that Heidegger's and Wittgenstein's theories of language are intertwined....
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 ...more
Language is the house of being, indeed. As per usual with Heidegger, the Teutonic thickness proves an obscurantist hedgerow encasing clearings—minuscule but not infrequent—wherein the brilliance and relevance of the essential depths the philosopher is mining startle in their openness, and provide ample food for thought. Timbered with traces of late-period Wittgenstein and ratiocinated Eastern mysticism in an expansiveness from Germany that yet draws all back into German, this proved another ...more
Aaron Records
I really enjoyed the dialogue in the beginning, and I find Heidegger's thinking (he would say thinking, since he disliked calling it philosophy) fascinating as always. Since I love poetry -- one of my majors is creative writing -- I liked to see what he thought of poetry and language in general. Many of his ideas from Being and Time show up in his dialogue and lectures, but the most important part of Heidegger's corpus to know for this book is his essay entitled "Letter on Humanism." It is in ...more
May 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
I'm not exactly sure what's going on in this book. Something about letting language speak to one as language. For Heidegger, language speaks as language when in the poetic form.
I picked this book up because I was completely bored with my analytic philosophy of language course (Kripke, Soames, Quine, etc).
Ben Kearvell
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Heidegger posits being in language; in other words, you are what you speak, you speak what you are. Heidegger had a wonderful command of language; even in translation his presence is felt.
Penny Castle
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: general-coaching
I am really interested in the thought but found the language so inaccessible that the meaning was hidden.
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Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) was a German philosopher whose work is perhaps most readily associated with phenomenology and existentialism, although his thinking should be identified as part of such philosophical movements only with extreme care and qualification. His ideas have exerted a seminal influence on the development of contemporary European philosophy. They have also had an impact far ...more