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By Carlo Sini

First English translation of Sini’s very important paintings at the effect of writing and the alphabet on Western rationality.

In this groundbreaking paintings, Carlo Sini, one in every of Italy’s top modern philosophers, brings American pragmatism to the Milan tuition of phenomenology. showing in English for the 1st time, this booklet explores the constitutive function of alphabetic writing within the emergence of dominant varieties of wisdom within the Western international (philosophy, arithmetic, technology, and historiography). Taking inventory of the contingent nature of what are held as logical truths, he bargains a moral framework for contemplating other ways of puzzling over writing, concentrating on chances regarding “practice” as a foundation for a renewal of theoretical philosophy. one of these framework, Sini argues, opens the door for extra effective and moral verbal exchange with non-Western cultures, and certainly for a reconsideration of types of wisdom past mere writing.

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One should in turn hold over the extent to which this is true, and the sense in which it is so. 51. The logocentric epoch. 9 With these words, Derrida grasps very well the core of the issue. Yet what does “at the moment when” mean? ); only now, however, has it become evident as such. What does “now” mean? Derrida of course asks himself this very question (although he cannot renounce the “now”) since he immediately remarks that the traditional concepts of mutation, explication, accumulation, or revolution describe styles of a historical A RC H EW R I T I NG 37 movement that (like the very concept of history) have meaning only within the logocentric epoch.

It is his insurmountable impasse. He continuously repeats: “today,” “now,” and he bites his tongue. 55. The end of the book. Logocentric metaphysics dominates for “nearly three millennia,”16 confining writing to the role of a technique, a spokesperson for full and originary speech, for the speech that, in living presence to itself, has its first manifestation in the breath and in the echo of its self-conscious listening to its own speaking. This domination cannot erase, however, the originarity of primary writing.

WR ITING 23 32. The illiterate and the ignorant. The universality of the subject of which Havelock speaks is to be related more to the “reader” than to the “writer” : “the civilization created by the Greeks and Romans was the first on the earth’s surface which was founded upon the activity of the common reader”27 and thus gave birth to a universal process of alphabetization. With this process, being educated and literate become one and the same. Earlier, one could be educated and illiterate (the Greeks do not have words equivalent to “literate” and “illiterate”: these were introduced by the Romans, who created a “culture” for themselves by reading Greek texts).

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