Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Aimless Reading: The H's, Part 13.1 (Martin Heidegger)

Heidegger, Martin
Poetry, Language, Thought

Purchased at Talking Leaves...Books. I read this for a graduate course with Rodolphe Gasché. I don't remember if it was the first course or the second course I took with him -- I think the second.

Surprisingly, I didn't write much in it, something I don't in general do in real life, but which I did often do in graduate school. There is one note in my hand under the title of the section called, "The Origin of the Work of Art."

A little arrow like this "↵" (except the arrow points to the right) extends from the word "origin" down to the following sentence:

Primal leap by which the ➶essence of the work of art comes into being

from Poetry, Language, Thought

from Language

Man speaks. We speak when we are awake and we speak in our dreams. We are always speaking, even when we do not stutter a single word aloud, but merely listen or read, and evenwhen we are not particularly listening or speaking but areattending to some work or taking a rest. We are continually speaking in one way or another. We speak because speaking is natural to us. It does not first arise out of some special volition. Man is said to have language by nature. It is held that man, in distinction from plant and animal, is the living being capable of speech. This statement does not mean only that, along with other faculties, man also possesses the faculty of speech. It means to say that only speech enables man to be the living being he is as man. It is as one who speaks that man is—man.

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