Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness: Heidegger, Levinas, Stevens, Celan

Inflected Language: Toward a Hermeneutics of Nearness: Heidegger, Levinas, Stevens, Celan

by Krzysztof Ziarek
     
 

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Proposes to rethink the ontological and ethical dimensions of language by rereading Heidegger’s work and by engaging Levinas’ ethics and contemporary poetics.In the aftermath of poststructuralist debates, Inflected Language proposes to rethink the ontological and ethical dimensions of language by rereading Heidegger’s work, more

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Proposes to rethink the ontological and ethical dimensions of language by rereading Heidegger’s work and by engaging Levinas’ ethics and contemporary poetics.In the aftermath of poststructuralist debates, Inflected Language proposes to rethink the ontological and ethical dimensions of language by rereading Heidegger’s work, more specifically his reflection on poetry, and by engaging Levinas’ ethics and contemporary poetics. Building on the readings of Heidegger, Levinas, Stevens, and Celan, the author contends that, against common misinterpretations, their approach to language forces us to reexamine the very basis of relations to alterity, whether that of the world, things, or people.

According to the new view of language offered in these works, thought’s job is not, first and foremost, cognition in the sense of understanding, calculations, and definition, but in securing alterity against cognitive assimilation instead. In this context, Inflected Language reshapes the current philosophico-literary debate about language by showing how the apparently neutral differential play of signification is already invested with ethical and worldly signification. In order to avoid obliterating this elusive signification in theorizing language, Ziarek proposes following a new mode of reading—a post-Heideggerian “hermeneutics of nearness,” which foregrounds the poetic element in language and its ways of figuring the other.

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“The book is a valuable addition both to the discussion of ethics in continental philosophy and to the employment of continental philosophy for the reading of poetry.” — Robert Bernsaconi
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A post-structuralist exploration of the ontological and ethical dimensions of language, drawing on the analyses of poetry and poetics by Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Levinas. Ziarek (English, U. of Notre Dame) concludes that the first purpose of thought is to secure alterity against cognitive assimilation, and offers a new mode of reading that foregrounds the poetic element in language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791420607
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Krzysztof Ziarek is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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