[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Dec 23 12:50:27 EST 2004


On 23/12/2004 17:00, Stoney Breyer wrote:

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>>>Third, Derrida says that the written word preceded the spoken. I never
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>>>understood this tho, but maybe you do.
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>>Does he really say this? ...
>>Or is he speaking in some kind of riddle?
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>It's been decades since I read Derrida, but as I recall it's a sort of
>myth for denying that the written word should be treated as an
>inadequate substitute for the spoken word. Writing has an ambiguous
>presence very different - and not derivative - from the 'real presence'
>of spoken logos. It's all very Philosophical: as you say, a kind of
>riddle.
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Thank you, Stoney. Well, it seems clear that he was being philosophical 
rather than historical. Which is good, because this is bad history, but 
it may be good philosophy.

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Peter Kirk
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