Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours
Last Christmas Delivery Dates
Free UK Standard Delivery on orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 18th December 2nd Class | 19th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to shops From 2 hours of your order*
The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science (Paperback)
  • The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science (Paperback)
zoom

The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science (Paperback)

(author)
£19.99
Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 01/05/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Contemporary thought has been profoundly shaped by the early-twentieth-century turn toward synchronic models of explanation, which analyze phenomena as they appear at a single moment, rather than diachronically as they develop through time. But the relationship between time and system remains unexplained by the standard account of this shift. Through a new history of systematic thinking across the humanities and sciences, The Writing of Spirit argues that nineteenth-century historicism wasn't simply replaced by a more modern synchronic perspective. The structuralist revolution consisted rather in a turn toward time's absolutely minimal conditions, and thus also toward a new theory of diachrony.

Pourciau arrives at this surprising and powerful conclusion through an analysis of language-scientific theories over the course of two centuries, associated with thinkers from Jacob Grimm and Richard Wagner to the Russian Futurists, in domains as disparate as historical linguistics, phonology, acoustics, opera theory, philosophy, poetics, and psychology. The result is a novel contribution to a pressing contemporary question-namely, what role history should play in the interpretation of the present.

Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 9780823275632
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

Swearing Is Good For You
Added to basket
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Language Instinct
Added to basket
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
The New Penguin Russian Course
Added to basket
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
How Language Began
Added to basket
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Political Correctness Gone Mad?
Added to basket
Babel
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
It's All Greek
Added to basket
Think Again
Added to basket
Dent's Modern Tribes
Added to basket
£10.99   £7.99
Paperback
Making the Father of the Bride's Speech
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.