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It approaches language as beyond a mere communication tool, since the instrumental reason has led human beings to an unauthentic way or mode of being. Language, taken in an essential and primordial way, is constitutive of the historical and finite Dasein , as opposed to a logical-scientific propositional theory of language.
Our aim here is to understand in which sense Heidegger's hermeneutics is a kind of interpretation that is considered a primary act of understanding by means of a fundamental ontology. To accomplish this, it is necessary to investigate Heidegger's proposed approach, contrary to the scientific approach, to understand life by means of experiencing life itself, in its facticity and historicality, and to make possible the unveiling of being, assuming the existential structure of being thrown and of projection , of past and future.
First, Heidegger's concept of understanding will be analysed with an emphasis on Being and Time, approaching notions such as openness, truth and understanding of oneself that are proper to all philosophically primordial ways of understanding something. In a second moment, the notion of language as the place in which we inhabit, as the home of being, will be investigated. It is an approach to language as something beyond a mere communication tool. In a subsequent moment, and the last one, we deal with the circularity of understanding and how the hermeneutic circle, as a radical turning point, influenced hermeneutics in such a decisive manner.
Understanding, even before having its meaning attributed for theoretical or pragmatic interests, has its primordial meaning attributed to its ontological nature, which is proper to human life HEIDEGGER, If we interpret understanding as a fundamental existential, we see that this phenomenon is conceived as a fundamental mode of the being of Da-sein.
In this manner, understanding is our mode of being, the mode by means of which we relate to our projection in the world, in temporality, existentially instantiating this Dasein 's mode of being that is the potentiality-for-being, as the only entity who has existence in the potentiality-for-being. This way, the concept of existence must be grasped by its etymological root, as ex-sistere , that is, being out, transposing the reality that is simply given, reassessing its openness:.
Understanding is the existential being of the ownmost potentiality of being of Da-sein in such a way that this being discloses in itself what its very being is about [ As a potentiality of being, being-in is always a potentiality of being-in-the-world. Thus, understanding 4 becomes, also, openness to possibilities, a constitutive movement that happens within time.
Nothing is completely understood, finished. There is always a non-stopping flow of understanding. Every understanding implies a practical knowledge, an expertise that is primarily - before being the goal of any science - the grounding of every act of understanding and of every search for knowledge: a knowledge that guides practice, brings along a power or a capacity of how to face life's various situations is the meaning of understanding.
This meaning can be perceived more easily if we take into account the choice of the term Verstehen , which, in German, has this embedded meaning of applicability and is equivalent to saying that the one who understands something also knows how to deal with it. The meaning of Phenomenology, in Heiddegerian theory , 5 assumes openness as a means to seeing things just as how they manifest themselves. The act of understanding begins when there is an interaction with something, when this something manifests itself.
The openness to possibilities is the constitutive openness of understanding that, in Heidegger , 6 is the proper condition for Dasein to project itself as possibilities. However, the essential openness to the hermeneutic conscience cannot be firstly conceived as a rational act.
This openness, as Heidegger 7 says, is an affective disposition, one of the existential structures of Dasein. This shows that understanding is always an affective understanding - something that apostrophizes and affects us as soon as this something becomes visible. It is true openness to understanding, a moment in which we perceive that we are part of our tradition, when something challenges us, by means of language. According to Heidegger, this openness reveals a project nature that is part of every understanding.
The project nature of understanding constitutes the openness Da there of the Sein being that, as being-in-the-world, is a potentiality-for-being.
This constant re-projecting opens up the possibility of new readings and interpretations that will always be subject to revisions and meaning productions. These re-workings are called interpretation by Heidegger We shall call the development of understanding interpretation. In interpretation understanding appropriates what it has understood in an understanding way. In interpretation understanding does not become something different, but rather itself.
Interpretation is existentially based in understanding, and not the other way around. Interpretation occurs from something previously given, a presupposition that is projected in the openness to be re-worked. Therefore, Heidegger 10 states that the structure of anticipation of understanding is the condition of possibility for understanding.
He names it fore-understanding. To him, interpretation is always interpretation of something previously understood. Therefore, Heidegger makes explicit the three previous structures of understanding when saying that "[t]he interpretation of something as something is essentially grounded in fore-having, fore-sight and fore-conception. Philosophy and science deal with distinct modes of understanding.
Philosophical questions query the own questioner and the search for the unveiling of something is, always and foremost, a question about the unveiling of the being who queries:. Philosophical knowledge of the essence of world is not and never can be an awareness of something present at hand. This act of understanding implies the very being who understands in the understanding of the thing, and is related to the experience that is involved in the movement of understanding.
The unveiling of being happens by means of the experience of understanding in its finitude and historicality. For Heidegger , 14 temporality and historicality are constituents since essence is movement; it is temporal. The intent of subtracting temporality and finitude from language is naivety, delusion. Truth entails unveiling, finding out and falseness, veiling, covering up. This comprehension of a primordial logos also highlights its oikos meaning, that is, as the house in which being inhabits.
Language as such is grasped in its primordial meaning that leads to unveiling. For the Greeks, logos means language, discourse, but not ratio, as it has been traditionally translated as "reason, judgment, concept, definition, ground, relation. According to Lawn , p. Heidegger made a striking insight possible for our generation as he retrieved the meaning of the Greek word that denotes truth. Heidegger was not the first to find out that Aletheia properly means unveiling.
However, Heidegger taught us what it means, for the thinking of being, to say that truth has to be taken out of concealment [ As he revives the Greek concept of logos from the concept of aletheia, Heidegger 20 reconsiders the essential ambiguity that is found in the authenticity of the concept of logos , and refers back to the Pre-Socratics, relating the notion of truth to tension between veiling and unveiling.
He defends the idea that truth is primordial, comes before what is spoken, the concept, the propositional predication, the logical utterance:. The being held in fore-having, for example the hammer, is initially at hand as a useful thing.
If this being is the "object" of a statement, as soon as we begin the statement, a transformation in the fore-having is already brought about beforehand. Proposition conceptualizes that with which the being was previously dealing or in contact. Therefore, proposition aims at something that was not being aimed at before.
The thing manifests itself in a primordial way in this prior moment, when it is being dealt-with, a moment, therefore, prior to conceptualization. According to Gadamer , p. It was with the overcoming of the naivety of historicism 23 that Heidegger 24 reconsidered hermeneutics' historical situation, the historicality of the interpreter in the act of understanding, making time her or his own foundation.
One of the main philosophical problems for Heidegger , 25 , 26 , 27 28 is the question of language's possibilities. According to him , there is no human relationship without language, and communication is only one of its multiple possibilities. In Being and Time , hermeneutics sharply projects itself onto the central stage of philosophical reflection.
Language, as it speaks about the world, is seen as that which creates it and not as a tool of the conscience used to say what is being thought. Language becomes condition of possibility of being in the world and of the world itself. According to Heidegger , p. We speak and speak about language. What we speak of, language, is always ahead of us. Our speaking merely follows language constantly.
Thus we are continually lagging behind what we first ought to have overtaken and taken up in order to speak about it. Accordingly, when we speak of language we remain entangled in a speaking that is persistently inadequate. Gadamer points out that, stemming from Heidegger's thinking, language assumes a central role and that, with Heidegger: "[w]hat happens in the phenomenon of language overcomes the reflection of transcendental philosophy and surpasses the concept of a transcendental subjectivity as the ground of utmost conclusions" GADAMER, , p.
The problem of interpreting language as a set of demonstrative propositions occurs when this interpretation is viewed as the only true one. As Heidegger 31 states, this is one of language's possibilities, but not the only one nor the main one. Logical language does not apprehend language's manifoldness; it does not even touch the most essential problem: the question of being.
Science and technology ended up veiling the fundamental question of being, and this is one of the reasons why Heidegger denounces the forgetfulness of being:. According to natural science, the human being can be identified only as something present-at-hand in nature. There is, therefore, a criticism against tradition and its conception of language and truth - conception tainted by an ontotheological reverie - bringing up the notion of finitude: being is time.
Thus, the existential analytic foundationally inquires language's structural possibility in its totality, which is essentially opposed to investigating elements of a proposition, such as subject, copula, and attribute. It is about a fundamental inquiry that asks about the particular within a totality, highlighting the importance of the context in which everything is, analysing the relation of every and each thing to the context in which it is embedded.
This analysis is contrary to the intention of analysing concepts isolated from the context, hoping that these are immovable and eternal. But this, to undergo an experience with language, is something else again than to gather information about language. Metalinguistics is the metaphysics of the thoroughgoing technicalization of all languages into the sole operative instrument of interplanetary information HEIDEGGER, , p.
From the work Being and Time on , Heidegger reallocates the questions of understanding and searching for truth, which were previously branches of the theory of knowledge, to existential grounds. It is relevant highlighting that Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology, alongside the analysis of Dasein's historicality, had the purpose of rethinking the question of being, and as such, it was not Heidegger's aim to design a theory of Geisteswissenschaften nor to overcome historicism's aporias GADAMER, This is an insurmountable experience to human beings, out of which no thought or communication is possible.
This experience alone is responsible for making possible human coexistence, understanding and major consensus:. Gadamer learned from Heidegger how to read the Aristotelian definition that "man is endowed with logos " not as "the entity that has reason " rationale animal , but as "the entity that has language.
Our thoughts and knowledge, feelings and imagination, our willingness and desires are all marked by a linguistic understanding of the world. And, "as such, language is the essential mark of our finitude. It always surpasses us. Therefore, language ceases to be a tool and becomes a constitutive principle that constitutes meaning.
It is not a tool, which we can master by using it over a period of time. It makes possible our thinking and understanding of the world; it is our link to the world. To view language as the home in which being inhabits, in a first and foremost way, is to refuse any attempt to control it. For Heidegger , authentic language manifests itself rarely,.
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On Time and Being. MARTIN HEIDEGGER. Translated by joan Stambaugh. HARPER TORCHBOOKS. Harper & Row, Publishers. New York, Hagerstown, San.
Being and Time German : Sein und Zeit is the magnum opus of German philosopher Martin Heidegger and a key document of existentialism. Being and Time had a notable impact on subsequent philosophy, literary theory and many other fields. Though controversial, its stature in intellectual history has been favorably compared with several works by Kant and Hegel.
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