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The Writing of Aletheia

Martin Heidegger: In Language


Martin Travers

Martin Heidegger was engaged in a continual struggle to find words – new words, both descriptive and analytical – for his radical form of philosophy. This tendency can be traced from Being and Time, where he elaborated an entirely new vocabulary for his ontological enquiry; to Contributions to Philosophy, which saw him committed to a transformation of language; to later essays on poets such as Rilke and Trakl in On the Way to Language.

The Writing of Aletheia is the first study to appear in either English or German that provides a full account of Heidegger’s language and writing style. Focusing not only on his major philsophical works but also on his lectures, public talks and poetry, this book explores the complex textuality of Heidegger’s writing: the elaborate chains of wordplay and neologistic formations; the often oblique, circuitous and regressive exposition of his ideas; the infamous tautologies; the startling modification of grammatical rules and syntax; the idiosyncratic typography of his texts; the rhetorical devices, imagery and symbolism; and the tone and voice of his writing. All of these aspects betray not only his will to structure and his assertiveness but also his ongoing self-questioning and reflectiveness about the ultimate goal of his philosophical quest.

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Works by Heidegger in German: The Gesamtausgabe

All references are to the Gesamtausgabe (GA), the collected edition of Heidegger’s works. The dates in square brackets indicate the year of first publication and/or year of composition.

GA 1. Frühe Schriften. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1978 [1912–1917]. Includes Die Kategorien- und Bedeutungslehre des Duns Scotus [1916]. 133–354.

GA 2. Sein und Zeit. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1977 [1927].

GA 4. Erläuterungen zu Hölderlins Dichtung. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1955 [1936–1968].

GA 5. Holzwege. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1977 [1935–1946]. Includes “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes” [1935–1937]. 1–74.

GA 7. Vorträge und Aufsätze. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 2000 [1936–1953]. Includes “Die Frage nach der Technik” [1954]. 5–36.

GA 9. Wegmarken. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 1967 [1919–1961]. Includes “Anmerkungen zu Karl Jaspers Psychologie der Weltanschauungen (1919–1921)” [1921]. 1–44; “Platons Lehre von der Wahrheit” [1947]. 203–238; “Vom Wesen und Begriff der φύσις. Aristoteles, Physik B, 1”. 239–301; “Brief über den Humanismus” [1947]. 313–364.

GA 11. Identität und Differenz. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann, 2006. Includes “Der Satz der Identität” [1957]. 29–50.

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