Dialogue 40 (1):75-98 (2001)

However, the interpretation I propose is not primarily meant to provide an answer to the question concerning Hegel’s understanding of language, but rather to be a detour which might lead us to see that the ultimate “element” which has already always intruded into the development of the absolute concept is not language, but something that precedes both language and thinking and cannot be questioned from the perspective of the absolute concept. This means that I will choose a two-fold strategy. First, I will go along with Hegel’s texts to interpret his conception of the relation between logos and language and to show why this conception is so difficult to attack. Second, I will try to indicate a point from which a deconstruction of the basic presuppositions of this conception might have a chance to succeed. I am convinced that in order to radically criticize Hegel it is neither sufficient to defend the ineffability of singular beings, nor to state that philosophy is incapable of ever overcoming its dependence on language. However, given the limits of this article it will not be possible here to do more than prepare the ground for a deconstructive reading of Hegel’s speculative science. The second part of my reading can therefore only consist in a preliminary sketch of the problematic.
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