Vesper bells and penumbra awaiting shadow: Heidegger and Zhuangzi’s hermeneutics of words

Research paper by Wei Na

Indexed on: 01 Mar '08Published on: 01 Mar '08Published in: Frontiers of Philosophy in China


In Heidegger’s thinking, a language is neither words nor expressions. The discussion of a language brings not the language itself but rather us into its essence, and makes us gather unto “the genesis of the very language itself.” With snows and vesper bells, Heidegger summoned both heaven and earth and gods and men, making them merge into a single world. Likewise, Zhuangzi used the words of Qixie to summon the fleeting clouds in an endless sky and a dusky earth populated by living beings and dust.