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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 1, Issue Part 1, 2007

Selected Essays from Asia Part 1

Jin Xiping
Pages 229-240
DOI: 10.7761/9789738863224_8

Had he to understand the meaning the Being, so far as he is a human?
A critical assessment of Heidegger’s Idea on language in 1928

Heidegger said in 1928: “die Frage nach dem Sein [ist] keine beliebige und [wird] nicht von aussen dem Menschen zugetragen, sondern in ihm mehr oder minder wach ist, sofern er ueberhaupt als Mensch existiert…” The author is very critical of this assertion. If it is really the case, are the people who speak non Indo-European language still human beings or not? Is it possible the non-Indo-European language speaking people could have latent understanding of the meaning of being without the word being at all in their language? If the second one were a reality, could the assertion of Heidegger be correct that Sprache is “das von Sein ereignete aus ihm durchgefuegte Haus des Seins”?