An Apology For Language

Williams, Duane (2014) An Apology For Language. In: An Apology For Language. No, 17 . Temenos Academy.

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This essay questions the age-old view that reduces language to articulated sounds carrying pre-existing meanings in thought, which arguably develops from Aristotle's view of language opening his essay, 'On Interpretation.' Examples throughout Western-European history that support this dominant view are explored and their implications discussed. These views are then addressed and countered through the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Finally, it is suggested that centuries of thought on language may have misinterpreted Aristotle's classical architectonic structure and what he meant by the words: 'symbol', 'sign', and 'image.'

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Language, Logos, Aristotle, Heidegger, Gadamer, Poetry
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Lauren Whiston
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 15:57
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 15:57

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