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Essay on the origin of human knowledge

Etienne Bonnot de Condillac 1714-1780. Hans Aarsleff


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  • Title:
    Essay on the origin of human knowledge
  • Author: Etienne Bonnot de Condillac 1714-1780.
  • Hans Aarsleff
  • Description: ""Cover""; ""Half-title""; ""Series-title""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Abbreviations""; ""Introduction""; ""Cartesian dualism and language""; ""Condillac and Locke""; ""The title of Origin""; ""Rhetorical expressivism""; ""Condillac and signs""; ""Did Condillac give too much to signs?""; ""Inversions or the problem of word order""; ""Condillac's sources""; ""Wittgenstein""; ""Chronology""; ""Further reading""; ""Note on the text and translation""; ""Essay on the Origin of Human Knowledge""; ""Introduction""
    ""Part I The materials of our knowledge and especially the operations of the soul""""Section 1""; ""1 The materials of our knowledge and the distinction of soul and body""; ""2 Sensations""; ""Section 2 Analysis and generation of the operations of the soul""; ""1 Preception, consciousness, attention, and reminiscence""; ""2 Imagination, contemplation, and memory""; ""3 How the connection of ideas, formed by attention, brings forth imagination, contemplation, and memory""; ""4 The use of sings is the true cause of the progress of imagination, contemplation, and memory""; ""5 Reflection""
    ""6 Operations that consist in distinguishing, abstracting, comparing, compounding, and decompounding our ideas""""7 Digression on the origin of principles and of the operation that consists in analysis""; ""8 Affirming. Denying. Judging. Reasoning. Conceiving. The understanding""; ""9 Defects and advantages of the imagination""; ""10 The source of the charms that imagination gives to truth""; ""11 On reason and on intellect and its different aspects""; ""Section 3 Simple and complex ideas""; ""Section 4 ""; ""1 The operation by which we give signs to our ideas""
    ""2 Facts that confirm what was proved in the previous chapter""""Section 5 Abstractions""; ""Section 6 Some judgments that have been erroneously attributed to the mind, or the solution of a metaphysical problem""; ""Part II Language and method""; ""Section 1 The origin and progress of language""; ""1 The language of action and that of articulated sounds considered from their point of origin""; ""2 The prosody of the first languages""; ""3 The prosody of the Greek and Latin languages and, en passant, the declamation of the ancients""; ""4 Progress of the art of gesture among the ancients""
    ""5 Music""""6 Musical and plain declamation compared""; ""7 Which is the most perfect prosody?""; ""8 The origin of poetry""; ""9 Words""; ""10 The same subject continued""; ""11 The signification of words""; ""12 Inversions""; ""13 Writing""; ""14 Origin of the fable, the parable, and the enigma, with some details about the use of figures and metaphors""; ""15 The genius of languages""; ""Section 2 Method""; ""1 The first cause of our errors and the origin of truth""; ""2 The manner of determining ideas or their names""; ""3 The order we ought to follow in the search for truth""
    ""4 The order to be followed in the exposition of truth""
    This work, first published in 1746 and offered here in a new translation, is a highly influential work in the history of philosophy of mind and language, and anticipates Wittgenstein's views on language and its relation to mind and thought.
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (276 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 0-511-05414-9;ISBN 1-139-16416-3;ISBN 0-511-15397-X;ISBN 0-511-01636-0
  • Subjects: Psychology -- Early works to 1850; Knowledge, Theory of -- Early works to 1800; Language and languages -- Philosophy -- Early works to 1800; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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