Speaking Against Number: Heidegger, Language and the by Stuart Elden PDF

By Stuart Elden

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Numbers and politics are inter-related at nearly each point -- be it the summary geometry of understandings of territory, the explosion of inhabitants facts and measures of financial criteria, the recognition of Utilitarianism, Rawlsian notions of justice, the concept of worth, or just the very concept of political technological know-how. Time and area are decreased to co-ordinates, illustrating a really genuine tackle the political: a manner of measuring and controlling it.This publication engages with the relation among politics and quantity via a studying, exegesis and critique of the paintings of Martin Heidegger. the significance of arithmetic and the function performed by means of the understandings of calculation is a recurrent problem in his writing and is frequently contrasted with understandings of speech and language. This ebook presents the main particular research of the relation among language, politics and arithmetic in Heidegger's paintings. It insists that questions of language and calculation in Heidegger are inherently political, and some distance broader variety of his paintings is worried with politics than is generally admitted.Key Features:A designated creation to the political measurement of Heidegger's paintings, beginning it as much as a much wider audienceOffers an unique exploration of the connection among language, arithmetic and politics in Heidegger's thinkingShows how questions of politics and calculation are inter-related in sleek conceptions of the political

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It is, as Heidegger carefully explains in a lecture course a couple of years after Being and Time, only because of the implicit egoicity of Dasein that it can exist as another for and with another Dasein. This is not an ontic statement that suggests all humans act only in their own self-interest, but an ontological statement that makes possible any kind of being-withothers, be it selfless or selfish (GA26, 240). 46 What is worth remembering is that each other Dasein comes from the same starting point, but that it is only through abstracting from the particular and moving to the neutral abstract that such analysis is possible at all.

49 What is important is that the limits drawn to a political community – both actual and figurative – are clearly related to speech, they are linguistically determined. Although anything but the most utopian cosmopolitanism requires an exclusion to make the inclusion viable, this is in no sense insignificant or neutral. As has been argued insistently, if not always entirely convincingly, and as will be evaluated in Chapter Two, Heidegger’s nationalism was based much more on language than race. 51 But if fateful [schicksalhafte] Dasein exists essentially as being-in-theworld in being-with with others [im Mitsein mit Anderen], its happening [Geschehen] is a co-happening [Mitgeschehen] and is determinate for it as a destiny [Geschick].

All modern language formulations come from this, as indeed does the theory of knowledge and other related issues, so that the question of how the Greeks lived in their language is no longer asked. But, Heidegger suggests, ‘the Greeks lived in their language in an excellent way, were lived by it; and they were conscious of this’ [ausgezeichneten Weise in der Sprache und wurde von ihr gelebt; und war ihm bewußt]. It is this understanding that Heidegger claims is behind Aristotle’s observation that the being of humans can be defined as logon ekhein, as having speech (Politics, 1253a9).

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