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  • From: RHONDA MCDONNELL <rhonda_mcdonnell AT>
  • To: "Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion" <percy-l AT>
  • Subject: Re: [percy-l] Chimps, Yorkies, words and autism.
  • Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:13:21 -0700

I seem to remember Peirce using communication with his dog as evidence of triadic communication. I remember being startled by it and wondering what WP thought about it. I was looking at his copy of Peirce's collected works, but no marginalia gave his reaction (if any) away.  Of course, he had no trouble viewing other philosopher's--even those he admired--as being wrong about certain points.  He said more than once that Kierkegaard got the religious stage and the movement  into the religious wrong.


"You live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing."
                                    Walker Percy

From: Nikkibar AT
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:10:22 -0400
To: percy-l AT
Subject: Re: [percy-l] Chimps, Yorkies, words and autism.

Dear Rhonda,
At the time of our conversations about animal communication we were not focused on CSP and his triadic/dyadic distinctions. Just words. Nor did we ever discuss animals' abilities to understand words (you should see what my Yorkie does at the mention of steak!) as opposed to their abilities to communicate back ( surely his response is of a positive nature at that mention of steak). My impression is that WP would be negative on both issues -- or would have been then. It would be interesting to hear his response to Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures, neither of which had been published in his lifetime. For that matter, it would be interesting to hear his reflection on CSP's views and the problems of deep autism generally...

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