The Status of Language in Heidegger

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The purpose of this paper is threefold. First, I show how language plays a foundational role in defining one of the most influential strands of Anglo-American Heidegger scholarship, that exemplified by Dreyfus and the many scholars influenced by him. Second, I argue that the view of language found within that tradition of commentary is mistaken. Focussing on Sein und Zeit §33, I advance an alternative reading: as I see it, the key is to recognize that Heidegger’s concerns are not with assertions or propositions themselves but with a particular theoretical approach to them, an approach which he dubs ‘logic’. Third, I indicate how my analysis might be extended to texts before and after Sein und Zeit from 1924’s Platon: Sophistes lectures through to Die Sprache from 1950. I close by addressing the relationship between my position and the complex status of the hermeneutic ‘as’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeidegger’s Anglo-American Reception
EditorsPietro D'Oriano, John Rogove
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages18
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018


  • Heidegger
  • Philosophy of Language
  • History of Philosophy
  • Martin Heidegger


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