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Producing Information <i>Writing and Structure</i>

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/9780226066226.003.0007
Producing Information Writing and Structure

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Alphabetic writing depicted that language can be analyzed without remnants into a finite number of definite elements, that is, spoken language into sounds and written language into letters. It suggests that reality is structured all the way down, and at bottom is composed of a small number of meaningless, but well-defined, elements. It is not accurately analyzed whether the analysis of language into sounds and letters in fact inspired Plato and his predecessors to propose an analysis of reality into elements or atoms. The conventional and formal features of language are mere aspects of a natural and contingent phenomenon which is structured at the level of the molecules and neurons language is embodied in, but this fails to exhibit exhaustive lawful structures at higher levels.

Keywords: alphabetic writing; language; spoken language; written language; Plato

Chapter.  4552 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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