What is it about?

It is a new interpretation of Logos and Verbum in Truth and Method. The question raised therein is, how does thought come to language.

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Why is it important?

Often, the question of how thought comes to language is framed by theological and philosophical concepts. they do not, however, take into account the influence of writing and orality on thought, i.e., communications theory, or the interpretation of codes and metaphors. This article uses communications theory (literacy) to explain how the mind is separated from the living language (a McLuhan hypothesis), and also interpret the process of returning thought returning to the living language as an organic process.


My perspective combines communications theory and organic process or self-unfolding structure, which often frames Gadamer's thinking about change and transformation (one and many, constancy of change as in Heraclitus, living beings, harmony) - the terminology for the process varies with the context or question.

Andrew Fuyarchuk
Yorkville University

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This page is a summary of: Word Made Flesh—Organic Process: Inner Word in Gadamer, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, March 2015, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15406253-04205009.
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