Heidegger on Language and Death: The Intrinsic Connection in Human Existence

Heidegger on Language and Death: The Intrinsic Connection in Human Existence

by Joachim L. Oberst

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Heidegger on Language and Death: The Intrinsic Connection in Human Existence by Joachim L. Oberst

Martin Heidegger was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. His analysis of human existence proves an inexhaustible ground for thinkers of all backgrounds who seek answers for their specific questions left open or opened up by our times. This book explores the intrinsic connection between two fundamentally human traits, language and death. Heidegger addresses each of these traits in depth, without ever explicitly outlining their relationship in a separate theory. However, in a close examination of Heidegger's magnum opus, Being and Time, Joachim L. Oberst uncovers a connection in three basic steps. Ultimately the author argues that the human invention of language is motivated by the drive towards immortality - language emerges from the experience of mortality as a response to it. This is a refreshing look at one of the most challenging and influential philosophers of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441107701
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/29/2011
Series: Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy Series , #68
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joachim L. Oberst teaches in the Program in Religious Studies and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Death's Impact on Existence in and as Language
Part I: Subjectivity and Selfhood in Heidegger's Being and Time
2. The Question of Authenticity and Inauthenticity Revisited
3. The Concept of 'Authentic Mitsein' in Heidegger's Being and Time
4. The Meaning of Heidegger's Concept of Death in Being and Time
Part II: The Existential Nature and Ontological Origin of Language According to Heidegger's Being and Time
5. Martin Heidegger on the Origin of Language in Being and Time
6. The Legacy of Herder in Heidegger's Language Origin Theory
7. Birth of Language as Language of Death
Part III: Hegel, Benjamin and the Case for Heidegger's Linguistic Ontology
8. Heidegger's Hegel: The Linguistic Awakening of Spirit in the Presence of Death
9. Walter Benjamin: An Unacknowledged Predecessor of Martin Heidegger
10. Conclusion: Heidegger's Parmenides

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