THIS IS A PAST EVENT.
Lee Braver, professor of philosophy, University of South Florida will speak on “How to Say the Same Thing: Heidegger’s Missing Language of Being.”
Heidegger argues that language contains an interpretation that leads us to think inappropriately about reality and ourselves. He creates new terms and new ways of writing in order to express his views which conflict with this traditional interpretation. One of these ways is polysemy, the simultaneous use of multiple senses of a word or phrase. This feature of language is usually condemned by philosophers as a cause of confusion, but Heidegger uses it to express phenomena that elude normal ways of using language. Being has many ways to be which are simultaneously profoundly unified, a relationship he calls “the same.” Statements that hold multiple meanings within the same words can express this (and even embody it) in a way that clear-cut statements cannot. This has important ramifications, for Heidegger uses polysemy both to express obscure ideas, and as evidence and inspiration for some of these new ways to think about language, poetry, subjectivity, history, thinking, and technology. Understanding polysemy both helps us comprehend his difficult writing and illuminates some of the phenomena his writing addresses.
This event is supported by the Thomas Jack Lynch Fund.
Tuesday, March 3 at 5:00pm
Tribble Hall, B316
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106