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Re: [xmca] The Ubiquity of Unicorns


On 23-Oct-09, at 10:51 AM, ERIC.RAMBERG@spps.org wrote:

consciousness has developed. David Kellogg has provided numerous examples
of how native Korean speaking people do not grasp basic concepts of the
english language.  Some of the low achieving students I work with have

I think, with Heidegger, Derrida, Rorty, Wittgenstein, Davidson, Deleuze, and others, that the difference between knowing a language and knowing one's way around the (cultural) world is undecidable. Concepts are not just concepts of English language, they are irreducibly interwoven with the way of life.

This is why Anglo-Saxons tend to have difficulties with activity (Tätigkeit, deyate'nost) and activity (Aktivität, aktivnost'). This is why there is no concept like Bildung, because in the conduct of life of Anglo-Saxons, there is no equivalent segmentation to which the concept could refer, and there is no inter-concept relation where such a distinction would be useful.

I do find the concept of "concept" problematic, because it is being used on this list without working out just what it stands for. (in general use, it appears like meaning that is somehow related to words.)

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