Thursday, October 27, 2011

Voegelin View on the dangers of alliteration.
Voegelin describes Heidegger's famous formulations found in Being and Time as transposing “[factual] relationships of our everyday world into a linguistic medium that begins to take on an alliterative life of its own, and thus loses contact with the being itself. Language and fact have somehow separated from one another, and thought has correspondingly become estranged from reality.”

The alliterative character of Heidegger’s philosophical terminology is so vast that one can “. . . construct something of a philosophical dictionary, from A to Z; and proceeding through it, from the Anwesen des Answesenden [the presence of that which is present], to the Dingen des Dings [thinging of the thing] and the Nichten des Nichts [nothinging of the nothing], and on over finally to the zeigenden Zeichen des Zeigzeugs [pointed sign of the pointing implement], we could whip ourselves up into a reality-withdrawing state of linguistic delirium.”
MH has been ridiculed for his vocabulary by Rorty and others as well as Vogelin. Nothing wrong with that so long as the ridiculers also acknowledge that since language follows a linear model and MH's view of reality is poetic/hermeneutical, MH's pattern therefore makes sense.

I do not know Vogelin's theory of language, but he'd better have one that competes favorably with MH's or Vogelin is just on a fool's errand. When confined to subject-predicate it is not easy to turn statements into verbs only.
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