Friday, November 12, 2010

Simms, Karl. Review of Gert-Jan van der Heiden, THE TRUTH (AND UNTRUTH) OF LANGUAGE. NDPR (November 2010).

van der Heiden, Gert-Jan.  The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur and Derrida on Disclosure and Displacement.  Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2010.

Van der Heiden's project is deceptively modest: to understand how Heidegger, Ricoeur and Derrida address poetic language and truth through the twin concepts of disclosure and displacement. This, of course, already presupposes much: that truth is to be found in poetic language rather than any other sort (scientific, propositional, etc.), and that the concepts of disclosure and displacement are central to discerning a certain commonality of purpose between these three thinkers.

Van der Heiden's book is organised into four principal chapters: 'Heidegger on Disclosure and Language', 'The Transference of Writing', 'Inventions of Metaphor', and 'Mimesis in Myth and Translation'. . . .

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