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- DescriptionCondillac's Essay on the Origin of Human Kwledge, first published in French in 1746 and offered here in a new translation, represented in its time a radical departure from the dominant conception of the mind as a reservoir of innately given ideas. Descartes had held that kwledge must rest on ideas; Condillac turned this upside down by arguing that speech and words are the origin of mental life and kwledge. He argued, further, that language has its origin in human interaction and in our natural capacity to react spontaneously and instinctively to the expression of emotions and states of mind in others. The importance of this pointedly anti-Cartesian view, and its relevance to both aesthetics and epistemology, were quickly understood, and Condillac's work influenced many later philosophers including Herder, Rousseau, and Adam Smith. His conception also anticipated Wittgenstein's view of language, its usage, and its relation to mind and thought.
- Author BiographyHans Aarsleff is Professor of English, Emeritus, Princeton University.
- Author(s)Etienne Bonnot De Condillac
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication06/09/2001
- Series TitleCambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.1
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight410 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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