Logic, Language and the Question of Method in Heidegger

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This paper examines the relationship between “logic,” language, and methodology in Heidegger. I begin by contrasting two ways in which one might understand that relationship: Dummett’s position as articulated in The Logical Basis of Metaphysics and Dreyfus’ influential reconstruction of Sein und Zeit. Focusing on Sein und Zeit §33, I distinguish Heidegger’s own view from each of these. First, drawing on his discussions of “grammar,” I show where and why he diverges not just from someone like Dummett, but also from Kant. Second, I argue for the difference between my approach and the Dreyfusian one: for Dreyfus, Heidegger’s attack on logic is ultimately a question of content, for me it is ultimately a question of method. I close by indicating how this analysis might be extended to texts from the 1924 Platon: Sophistes lectures to Die Sprache in the 1950s, paying particular attention to the concept of a “metalanguage.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeidegger on Logic
PublisherOxford Univerity Press; Oxford
Number of pages16
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Mar 2021


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