ON BEING AND LANGUAGE IN THE THOUGHTS OF HEIDEGGER
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Keywords

Language
Da-sein
Being
Analytic Philosophy

Abstract

Martin Heidegger dedicated much of his life to the question of being. Closely related to his concern on being is his idea on language and being. In his contribution to the discourse on language, Heidegger showed that we do not have a language and that language is not an entity we can use and control. Rather, our relationship with language is one of reciprocal enslavement: language dominates us as much as we do. We shape it the way it shapes us: our thought, our society and culture. To consider language solely as the mere handle on pre-existing thoughts and things according to Heidegger is to devalue and diminish the true nature of language. According to Heidegger, language is not subservient to being, thus it cannot just be regarded as a mere tool of communication, rather it is rightly the house of being. When we go round and round this house, we bring being to light. Adopting the critical and analytic methods of data analysis, this paper attempts the nexus between language and being in the thoughts of Heidegger with the intent showing that Heidegger’s notion of language opens a new vista for the advent and continual reign of analytic philosophy. This paper concludes that drawing from the thoughts Heidegger, being-in-the-world includes both being as things in the world and being with other people.

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