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Blog Watch: WB and language, II

Blog Watch: WB and language, I

The Fourth Finding Society.
Wendell Berry writes about the importation of mechanistic and analytical language into our everyday description of life:

The language we use to speak of the world and its creatures, including ourselves, has gained a certain analytical power (along with a lot of expertish pomp) but has lost much of its power to designate what is being analyzed or to convey any respect or care or affection or devotion towards it. As a result we have a lot of genuinely concerned people calling upon us to “save” a world which their language simultaneously reduces to an assembly of perfectly featureless and dispirited “ecosystems,” “organisms,” “environments,” “mechanisms,” and the like. It is impossible to prefigure the salvation of the world in the same language by which the world has been dismembered and defaced. READ MORE ...

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