By Ermanno Bencivenga

ISBN-10: 0520207912

ISBN-13: 9780520207912

In his newest ebook, Ermanno Bencivenga bargains a stylistically and conceptually intriguing research of the character of language, brain, and personhood and the various methods the 3 attach. Bencivenga, the most iconoclastic voices to emerge in modern American philosophy, contests the elemental assumptions of analytic (and additionally, to an quantity, postmodern) ways to those themes. His exploration leads via interesting discussions of schooling, braveness, ache, time and heritage, selfhood, subjectivity and objectivity, fact, evidence, the empirical, energy and transgression, silence, privateness and exposure, and play--all issues which are proven to be essential 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 at the same time 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 feel of continuous shock, healing pain, and discovery.

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Nor, for that matter, does anyone else knowif knowledge is read as indefeasible, as a necessity operator. (But it's much less common to attribute that kind of indefeasibility to the "knowledge" others have of what one is or does. To one's shrink's, maybe? That indeed is what is so devastating about Freud's attitude. Though we will see that it is devastating "in principle only": the outside, public point of view it judges from was there already, in consciousness. 4111Any mention of "history" is disingenuous if it presumes to close issues or controversies by referring to "the" way something came to bein this case, say, to determine the "true meaning" of one of my moves by referring to "the" history of my behavior, or of human behavior in general.

That there be an external recourse that establishes the truth of a story is transcendental realismand never mind if we cannot use that recourse to reach actual determinations of truth [or falsity]. It's not these practical matters that are at stake here. It's one thing to decide, say, how to describe the sort of person we would want to be a member of the Supreme Court, and quite another to decide how to find out that a given person [best] fits that description. 412The manifold has priority here.

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? Isn't "the same" event, then, simultaneously many events? And doesn't each of those many events resemble a pattern, a way for the event to be "shaped," to be "modeled"?

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