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By Ermanno Bencivenga
In his most modern booklet, Ermanno Bencivenga bargains a stylistically and conceptually interesting research of the character of language, brain, and personhood and the numerous methods the 3 attach. Bencivenga, probably the most iconoclastic voices to emerge in modern American philosophy, contests the elemental assumptions of analytic (and additionally, to an volume, postmodern) techniques to those issues. His exploration leads via interesting discussions of schooling, braveness, soreness, time and historical past, selfhood, subjectivity and objectivity, truth, proof, the empirical, energy and transgression, silence, privateness and exposure, and play--all topics which are proven to be crucial to our brooding about language. Relentessly bending the principles, Bencivenga frustrates our expectancies of a "proper" concept 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 idea of Language and brain attracts the reader right into a experience of continuous shock, healing pain, and discovery.
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55Reality has a solid, tyrannical advantage over the unreal. Better: having that advantage is reality. So how do I speak about what precededand still suffers fromthis tyranny, about that other reality on which the real is based, which the real has made unreal? " Screw what selfishness calls "impossibilities" (or "necessities"). " Or: the most devastating realistic statement. What can you say to thatif indeed you are a realist? What can you do? 552Think of how many "revolutions" (were) aborted. 553The failure of communism, stupid!
It will rust easily, and crack. 4121So the sense of familiarity encouraged by some of our initial statements (there are individual events, and they form patterns) is immediately challenged. We already know of a sense in which a "single" event is a manifold: it is a type. Now we have also seen that "the same" event belongs simultaneously to different patterns. Depending on which one it belongs to, can we expect it to always remain "the same"? Or isn't it rather that different patterns will determine different identity Page 11 conditions for it, hence also determine differently what its repetition amounts to?
521Lots of things are not said here. " Which is another way of not saying, without admitting to itanother way of not doing the work that philosophy is. Work that will go through you, that will happen anyway, that you will not be able to restrain. Thank God! 5211(Else how could He create? 5212There is, of course, a residue of contingency to any attempt at an explanation, but that is precisely the limit of any such attempt. Page 21 You may call it an insurmountable limit, and even congratulate yourself for having reached it, if it makes you feel better; but it will be surmounted, and you know it.
A theory of language and mind by Ermanno Bencivenga