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The Power and Pragmatism of Language

Gary Holthaus

in Learning Native Wisdom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124872
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.003.0012
The Power and Pragmatism of Language

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As pointed out by Confucius in around 490 B.C., the rectification of names is important, since the world without this becomes unreal—government policies will not be realistic and various efforts at complying with these policies would not result in substantial conclusions. Also, it is suggested that music and ritual, which are greatly valued by indigenous peoples, are required for maintaining harmony and balance within society and within oneself as well. The significance of language becomes evident, as the notion that spirituality is associated with the notion of a right name is considered as everything, particularly for Christians, begins with the word or logos. This chapter illustrates the power of the word across several different traditions and how this may be related to the power to name things.

Keywords: rectification; names; policies; word; logos; ritual; harmony; balance; power

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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