By Ermanno Bencivenga
In his most modern publication, Ermanno Bencivenga deals a stylistically and conceptually intriguing research of the character of language, brain, and personhood and the numerous methods the 3 attach. Bencivenga, some of the most iconoclastic voices to emerge in modern American philosophy, contests the fundamental assumptions of analytic (and additionally, to an volume, postmodern) ways to those issues. His exploration leads via interesting discussions of schooling, braveness, ache, time and heritage, selfhood, subjectivity and objectivity, truth, evidence, the empirical, energy and transgression, silence, privateness and exposure, and play--all topics which are proven to be quintessential to our brooding about language. Relentessly bending the foundations, Bencivenga frustrates our expectancies of a "proper" thought of language. He invokes the transgressions of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein while he appropriates the aphoristic variety of Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Written in a philosophically playful and experimental mode, A concept of Language and brain attracts the reader right into a feel of continuous shock, healing soreness, and discovery.
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4122"Zebras are striped because they are social animals. " Does one animal end and another begin? Is the predator wrong then? 413The view we reject is by far the most popular. In a world dominated by this view, a world made of ones, the manifold is proscribed. Multiplicity is given a bad name and often ends up living down to it, deserving it. (The schizophrenic is not really humanis not rational, is a brutetherefore he must be put behind bars. 4131So multiplicity rears its (ugly? ) head in all sorts of paradoxical situations, for example, the heap.
We can easily see through that dividing and conquering strategy. Through the delusive "peace" it bringsthe peace of death finally imposed on the enemy. ) Each in his little cubicle, forever disconnected, and hence forever harmless. Clawless, weaponless. 4241While we play the game of fragmentationa game for rich, decadent kids (lemmings judiciously engaged in transcendental suicide)systematicity (the ability to master complex patterns and turn multiplicity to one's evolutionary advantage; the carrot that drives reason's mercilessly destructive action) is re-created at a different level.
31And remember: it's not over when it's over, since a pattern is a type. 311The strength associated with a pattern may be a vanishing quantity, virtually ineffective, and make the pattern a "purely theoretical," and far-fetched, possibility. One that will perhaps manifest itself in a dream, and startle us, and be judged absurd, and still be frightening in spite (or because) of its absurdity. 32This notion of strength is a primitive one for us, and it introduces a narrative element at the very core of our metaphysics.
A theory of language and mind by Ermanno Bencivenga