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- DescriptionThis book re-examines the old debate about the relationship between rationality and literacy. Does writing restructure consciousness? Do preliterate societies have a different mind-set from literate societies? Is reason built in to the way we think? How is literacy related to numeracy? Is the logical form that Western philosophers recognize anything more than an extrapolation from the structure of the written sentence? Is logic, as developed formally in Western education, intrinsically beyond the reach of the preliterate mind? What light, if any, do the findings of contemporary neuroscience throw on such issues? Roy Harris challenges the received mainstream opinion that reason is an intrinsic property of the human mind, and argues that the whole Western conception of rational thought, from Classical Greece down to modern symbolic logic, is a by-product of the way literacy developed in European cultures.
- Author BiographyRoy Harris is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics in the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall.
- Author(s)Roy Harris
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication20/02/2009
- Series TitleRoutledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 7
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight420 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsPaper over boards
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