Language after Heidegger

Language after Heidegger

Krzysztof Ziarek
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/28/2013
ISBN: 978-0-253-01109-1
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014

Working from newly available texts in Heidegger’s Complete Works, Krzysztof Ziarek presents Heidegger at his most radical and demonstrates how the thinker’s daring use of language is an integral part of his philosophical expression. Ziarek emphasizes the liberating potential of language as an event that discloses being and amplifies Heidegger’s call for a transformative approach to poetry, power, and ultimately, philosophy.

Author Bio

Krzysztof Ziarek is Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo. He is author of The Force of Art.


“In this thoughtful book Krzysztof Ziarek presents an incisive and original account of Heidegger’s thinking about language and poetics, one that largely departs from poststructuralist interpretations of Heidegger’s work. Accordingly, Ziarek’s book will be of interest both to readers and scholars of Heidegger and the demurrals of his poststructuralist interpreters.”
 — Stephen Watson , University of Notre Dame

“Nonpareil in its nuance, scholarship, and reach, Language After Heidegger shows how fundamentally Heidegger thinks through language, the clearing for words that are not (yet) signs, in an attempt to transform our attunement to the thoughtful event of language. Ziarek's crisply-written study is a "must-read" for anyone grappling, not only with the pivotal role of language in Heidegger’s thinking, but also critically with its creative–indeed, "feminine"–promise.”
 — Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University

“This is an original contribution to the task of thinking language in-and after-Heidegger. With eloquence, rigor, and a keen ear for language Krzysztof Ziarek has shown us what Heidegger means by the need to "think poetically."”
 — Dennis J. Schmidt, author of Between Word and Image: Heidegger, Klee, and Gadamer on Gesture and Genesis

“This edition is an essential contribution to the growing array of discourses on what has come to be known as Conceptual Poetry . . . In spite of his study’s challenging content, Ziarek explains Heidegger’s method in clear and accessible terms that open the philosopher’s thought to a wide readership.”
 — SubStance

“The strength of the book lies in its careful extraction of Heidegger’s theorization of ontological difference, over the course of his later writings on language. It will be helpful to anyone who wants broader exposure to the lineage of philosophies of difference, as these continue to proliferate in today’s post-Continental environment.”
 — 2015

“Language after Heidegger makes an important case for the originality and the considerable innovative potential of the linguistic aspects of the Heideggerian heritage.”
 — Review of Metaphysics

“This is a remarkable achievement and a seminal contribution to Heidegger studies. . . . Ziarek's meticulous readings and translations constitute a major event in Heidegger studies. . . . Essential.”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Event % Language
2. Words and Signs
3. Poetry and the Poietic
4. Language after Metaphysics