Chapter

From Landmarks to Letters

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0005
From Landmarks to Letters

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With the advent of the twentieth century, it is understood and recognized that life without letters has its own coherence and dignity, and over a period of time this is called oral rather than illiterate. In this context, information is the capacity to retain information and to provide coherence to the texture of its works and days; an oral culture had to depend on memory. Even in the most ancient cultures, signs had been devised to lessen the burden on memory and loosen the ties to context. Counting proved to be the bridge between the monumental signs of cairns and altars and the instrumental signs of letters. Taking into account the spoken language, it is seen that alphabetic writing constitutes a radical abstraction from speaking.

Keywords: letters; coherence; dignity; oral; information

Chapter.  3393 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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