Thursday, November 03, 2011

Beyond Sound on the voice in language.
In the discussion of logos in Being and Time ($33), Heidegger maintains the Aristotelian distinction between animal and human as phone (voice) and logos. And, at first glance, it would appear that this is maintained in the Herder text. Herder will argue that the “expressive” cries and sobs of animals (which Aristotle aligns only to phone) are not language per se, but the “saps” of language. What, then, is the role of the voice in language for Herder and Heidegger? He rarely discusses it in the herder seminar. There are a few interesting moments, though:

44. Mood–”voice”
Mood–(clearing–silent glow) and “voice” from the silencing” (39)

What I think heidegger is referring to here is the way in which words appear in the “in between” in the silencing–in the “refusal.” This, as the scare quotes suggest, is not a real voice–but then what is it? Is a voice in the same way as the call of conscience, which speaks and summons, but in silence?
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