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Re: [xmca] The Ubiquity of Unicorns


I believe in this instance we are doing what Mike Cole refers to as
"talking past each oether".  I am at a loss to understand your meaning.

thank you for the discourse,

      To:   "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
      Subject:    Re: [xmca] The Ubiquity of Unicorns
Wolff-Michael Roth <mroth@uvic.ca>
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10/23/2009 11:04 AM MST
Please respond to "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"        <font


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

consciousness has developed.  David Kellogg has provided numerous
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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