Heidegger, Martin. On the Way to Language. Translated by P.D. Hertz and J. Strambaugh. New York: Harper & Row, 1982.
In this volume Martin Heidegger confronts the philosophical problems of language and begins to unfold the meaning behind his famous and little understood phrase “Language is the House of Being.”
The “Dialogue on Language,” between Heidegger and a Japanese friend, together with the four lectures that follow, present Heidegger’s central ideas on the origin, nature, and significance of language. These essays reveal how one of the most profound philosophers of our century relates language to his earlier and continuing preoccupation with the nature of Being and human being.
One the Way to Language enable readers to understand how central language became to Heidegger’s analysis of the nature of Being. On the Way to Language demonstrates that an interest in the meaning of language is one of the strongest bonds between analytic philosophy and Heidegger. It is an ideal source for studying his sustained interest in the problems and possibilities of human language and brilliantly underscores the originality and range of his thinking.