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Description: This course explores the nature of language with special attention to the origin of meaning and metaphor in the dialogical mind. Topics include: primary meaning:

literal, symbolic, metaphoric; metaphor, truth and reality; analogy and imagination; hermeneutics of communication and translatability; meditative meaning and the limits of language; indeterminacy and ambiguity across diverse language-worlds; voice and speech as determinants of meaning and the dynamics of dialogue between worlds. A unifying theme focuses on releasing the power of meaning in the transformation from egocentric patterns of thought to the dialogical awakening of mind. Readings include selections from such diverse thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sommers, Derrida and Nagarjuna and others.



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Gangadean Spring 2008



Philosophy H352b-Topics in the Philosophy of Language



Topic: Metaphor, Meaning and the Dialogical Mind



Description: This course explores the nature of language with special attention to the origin of meaning and metaphor in the dialogical mind. Topics include: primary meaning:

literal, symbolic, metaphoric; metaphor, truth and reality; analogy and imagination; hermeneutics of communication and translatability; meditative meaning and the limits of language; indeterminacy and ambiguity across diverse language-worlds; voice and speech as determinants of meaning and the dynamics of dialogue between worlds. A unifying theme focuses on releasing the power of meaning in the transformation from egocentric patterns of thought to the dialogical awakening of mind. Readings include selections from such diverse thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sommers, Derrida and Nagarjuna and others.



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l) Wittgenstein- Investigations



2) Sommers- Selected essays on Categories and Predicability



3) Heidegger- Selected Essays and Discourse on Thinking



4) Derrida- Selected Essays and On Grammatology



5) Nagarjuna- Selections from his Karikas



Optional: Gangadean- Meditative Reason; Between Worlds



Requirements: One short five page paper assigned at mid-term; an intensive midterm review conference (with exam questions requiring written responses, in addition to the tutorial discussion); an extended 15-20 page research essay on a topic chosen by the student developing central themes of the seminar.