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Heidegger’s topology of language: language and dwelling

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Karamercan, O ORCID: 0000-0003-1583-1520 2018 , 'Heidegger’s topology of language: language and dwelling', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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In my dissertation, I investigate Martin Heidegger’s “topology of language” and examine the relationship between being, language, and place through the question of “dwelling”. Despite its critical implications, Heidegger’s “topology of language” has been neither examined nor discussed in a systematic fashion in his own scholarship. My main purpose is to offer a coherent interpretation of his place-oriented thinking on the meaning of dwelling in language by tracing his writings between the 1920s and 1960s. While my main focus is in Heidegger’s later thought, I also aim to provide a perspective through which we can compare his later and earlier thought in terms of the topic of dwelling in language.
My hypothesis is as follows: viewing language as the “onto-ethical” dwellingplace of human existence can awaken us to consider what it means to be situated in the “world” and understand our “place” in the kosmos. Heidegger’s explorations of the “ontoethical” nature of our situated essence within the boundaries of language helps us identify the “question of language” as an interrogation on the meaning of “place” and “dwellingplace”. This distinguishes Heidegger’s thinking from the traditional “philosophies of language” that examine the linguistic structure of language(s). Looking into the issue topologically, which means by engaging the question of “being” and problematizing our poetic relation to place; I argue that language is not a mere space of meaning, or a tool of communication, but the “open bounded” site of existence that requires us to journey its different regions, following the movement of the emergence and disappearance of the “words”. Therefore, we need to consider the relationship between limit, space, and place in understanding the “taking place” of language.
My two-fold thesis is thus an attempt at addressing the following: 1) Asking the question of language in terms of “dwelling” can help us problematize how we can undergo poetic experience with language rather than merely objectifying it. 2) This requires us to understand the threefold connection between the meaning-truth-place of being. In arguing for the view that language is the site of the unfolding of the meaning of being, I critically engage with the recent Capobianco-Sheehan discussion, while remaining in a dialogue with Malpas and Ziarek’s topological ideas on the issue. I also trace Heidegger’s philosophical journey between the Ancient Greek and the Far Eastern thinking, as I bring into view his attempt to leave behind the metaphysics of presence in explicating the threefold link between place, nothingness and language.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Karamercan, O
Keywords: Martin Heidegger, phenomenology, hermeneutics, ontology, topology, language, poetry, place
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