April 04, 2004

Heidegger: Letter on Humanism

In the opening page of his 1947 Letter on Humanism Heidegger says that:

"Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home. Their guardianship accomplishes the manifestation of Being insofar as they bring the manifestation to language and maintain it in language through their speech."

In the letter Heidegger gives a reason for his 1930's turn against Being and Time. The way that text posed the question of being was a failure of language. In its destruction of the subject object dualisms of modern (Cartesian) metaphysics, that text attempted to use the language of metaphysics.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at April 4, 2004 09:57 AM | TrackBack
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