On the nature of language – Heidegger and African Philosophy

South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):310-324 (2008)
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This paper explores links between Heidegger's notion of language and views in African philosophy. My contention is that Heidegger's daring phenomenology of language is also found and even radicalised within the framework of African philosophy, particularly the philosophy of myth. I argue that the exploration of the relation between these views of language offers the possibility not only to expand on the conventional conception of language but also to challenge the common notion of philosophical language and philosophy as such. South African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 27 2008: pp. 310-324



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