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-logy is the conversion of the whole universe of beings into an undifferentiated "standing reserve" (''Bestand'') of energy available for any use to which humans choose to put it. Heidegger described the essence of modern technology as ''[[Gestell]]'', or "enframing." Heidegger does not unequivocally condemn technology: while he acknowledges that modern technology contains grave dangers, Heidegger nevertheless also argues that it may constitute a chance for human beings to enter a new epoch in their relation to being. Despite this, some commentators have insisted that an agrarian nostalgia permeates his later work. 
-In a 1950 lecture he formulated the famous saying ''[[Language speaks]]'', later published in the 1959 essays collection ''Unterwegs zur Sprache'', and collected in the 1971 English book ''Poetry, Language, Thought''.+'''''Language speaks''''' (in the original [[German language|German]] ''Die Sprache spricht''), is a famous saying by [[Martin Heidegger]]. Heidegger first formulated it in his 1950 lecture ''Language'' (''Die Sprache''), and frequently repeated it in later works.
-Heidegger's later works include ''Vom Wesen der Wahrheit'' ("On the Essence of Truth", 1930), ''Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes'' ("[[The Origin of the Work of Art]]", 1935), ''Einführung in die Metaphysik'' ("[[Introduction to Metaphysics (Heidegger)|Introduction to Metaphysics]]", 1935), ''Bauen Wohnen Denken'' ("Building Dwelling Thinking", 1951), and ''Die Frage nach der Technik'' ("[[The Question Concerning Technology]]", 1954) and ''Was heisst Denken?'' (''[[What Is Called Thinking?]]'' 1954). Also ''Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)'' (''[[Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning)]]''), composed in the years 1936–38 but not published until 1989, on the centennial of Heidegger's birth.+[[Theodor W. Adorno|Adorno]] expressed a related idea when he said that language "acquires a voice" and "speaks itself."
-===Heidegger and the ground of History===+==The ''Language'' lecture==
-Heidegger believed the Western world to be on a trajectory headed for total war, and on the brink of profound [[nihilism]] (the rejection of all religious and moral principles), which would be the purest and highest revelation of Being itself, offering a horrifying crossroads of either salvation or the end of [[metaphysics]] and [[modernity]]; rendering the West a wasteland populated by tool-using brutes, characterized by an unprecedented ignorance and barbarism in which everything is permitted. He thought the latter possibility would degenerate mankind generally into scientists, workers and brutes; living under the last mantle of one of three ideologies, [[Americanism (ideology)|Americanism]], [[Marxism]] or [[Nazism]] (which he deemed metaphysically identical, as avatars of subjectivity and institutionalized nihilism), and an unfettered totalitarian world technology.+The saying was first formulated by Heidegger in the lecture ''Language'' (''Die Sprache'') in memory of [[Max Kommerell]], first delivered on October 7, 1950 at the [[Bühlerhöhe]] building. The lecture was translated in English by [[Albert Hofstadter]] in the 1971 Heidegger collection ''Poetry, Language, Thought''.
-Supposedly, this epoch would be ironically celebrated, as the most enlightened and glorious in human history. He envisaged this abyss to be the greatest event in the West's history because it would enable Humanity to comprehend Being more profoundly and primordially than the [[Pre-Socratics]].+Quoting a [[Johann Georg Hamann|Hamann]]'s 1784 letter to [[Johann Gottfried Herder|Herder]], Heidegger talks of language as an "[[Abyss (religion)|abyss]]."
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==See also== ==See also==
-* ''[[Aletheia]]''+*[[Wilhelm von Humboldt]]
-* [[World disclosure]]+
-* [[Heideggerian terminology]]+
-* ''[[Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister"]]''+
-* [[Ontotheology]]+
-* ''[[Heidegger Gesamtausgabe]]''+
-* [[List of Nazi ideologues]]+
-* [[Martin Heidegger and Nazism|Heidegger and Nazism]]+
-* [[Daseinsanalysis]]+
-* [[Ernst Cassirer]]+
-* ''[[Sous rature]]''+
-* [[Khôra]]+
-* [[Hannah Arendt]]+
-* ''[[Black Notebooks]]''+
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Language speaks (in the original German Die Sprache spricht), is a famous saying by Martin Heidegger. Heidegger first formulated it in his 1950 lecture Language (Die Sprache), and frequently repeated it in later works.

Adorno expressed a related idea when he said that language "acquires a voice" and "speaks itself."

The Language lecture

The saying was first formulated by Heidegger in the lecture Language (Die Sprache) in memory of Max Kommerell, first delivered on October 7, 1950 at the Bühlerhöhe building. The lecture was translated in English by Albert Hofstadter in the 1971 Heidegger collection Poetry, Language, Thought.

Quoting a Hamann's 1784 letter to Herder, Heidegger talks of language as an "abyss."

See also




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