This article examines different interpretations of Gadamer’s sentence "Das Sein, das verstanden werden kann, ist Sprache" with the objective of highlighting both the ontological difference between Being and beings and the speculative identity of Being and language. The argumentation will be introduced by a short consideration of Vattimo’s interpretation of Gadamer regarding the ontological difference and historicity. Through a critical and comparative analysis of a number of relevant contemporary positions (Rorty’s anti-essentialist nominalism, hermeneutical realism, hermeneutics of comprehension) the article will show how the identity of Being and language has been misinterpreted, even when acknowledged. In conclusion, a Hegelian approach will be employed in order to shed new light on Gadamer’s sentence and on the speculative identity of Being and language.
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