Vesper bells and penumbra awaiting shadow: Heidegger and Zhuangzi's hermeneutics of words

Na Wei
March 2008
Frontiers of Philosophy in China;Mar2008, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p151
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the views of Martin Heidegger, and Zhuangzi on language. According to the author, Heidegger had stated that he would break the idea that language as represented by things, as what people believe. Furthermore, Heidegger believes that language speaks itself, and refers to the poem "Winter Night," by Georg Trakl, which talks about snow, and vesper bells. However, Zhuangzi referred to the Qixie tale with his views on language, and suggested that language is the most essential or inexplicable part of human beings.


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