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Disclosing the WorldOn the Phenomenology of Language$
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Andrew Inkpin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033916

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033916.001.0001

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The “Place” of Language

The “Place” of Language

(p.25) 1 The “Place” of Language
Disclosing the World

Andrew Inkpin

The MIT Press

This chapter sets out a general Heideggerian framework for conceiving language by extracting an overall picture of language’s role in world disclosure from Being and Time. Having introduced Heidegger’s account of how human understanding takes on determinate form, it identifies two problems in understanding where language fits into this account, problems linked with the interpretation of Heidegger’s notion of Articulacy (Rede) and its relation to intelligent nonlinguistic behaviors. Based on Heidegger’s discussion of predicative judgments (‘statements’ or ‘assertions’), particularly the relation between language and content this implies, it then argues that these two problems can be solved by interpreting Articulacy as having distinct purposive and predicative modes. This has the important consequence that a Heideggerian framework allows for ‘prepredicative’ language use that underlies and is irreducible to predication or propositional content.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Being and Time, Heideggerian framework, Articulacy (Rede), predication, statements, intelligent nonlinguistic behaviors, prepredicative, propositional content

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