9780415999014

Rationality and the Literate Mind

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415999014

  • ISBN10:

    0415999014

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

In this volume, 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.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forward
Preface
Rationality, the mind and scriptism
The primitive mind revisited
Logicality and prelogicality
Reason and primitive languages
The great divide
Aristotle's language myth
Logic and the tyranny of the alphabet
Literacy and numeracy
Interlude: constructing a language-game
The literate revolution and its consequences
The fallout from literacy
Epilogue: rethinking rationality
Bibliography
Index
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