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ERIC Number: ED172279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Martin Heidegger: Interpretation, Language, and the Intrapersonal Process.
Warnick, Barbara
The "logos" concept of Martin Heidegger's phenomenological philosophy refers to a perceptual attunement to "Being," or reality as a whole, which is prior to language. Logos includes every way in which people interpret, constitute, and interact with their world. Language is seen as prior to our awareness of Being, as well as constitutive of it. Logos, language, and speech have a teleological meaning aside from their function in communication; they are the means by which we create a personal world in which we dwell. An implication of Heidegger's philosophy for a theory of intrapersonal communication emerges in the view of truth as "aletheia," or the uncovering or disclosing of the world to the individual, rather than as a correspondence to reality. "My truth" is the result of the way the world has disclosed itself to me; no one is "wrong." A second implication arises from Heidegger's stress on language as constitutive of individual perception. Language is not merely a tool, it is a major influence on the way we perceive our world; perhaps by altering or expanding the equipment which the individual uses to shape his or her perception, the very nature of that perception might be changed. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Heidegger (Martin); Phenomenology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Biloxi, Mississippi, April 11-14, 1979)