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Language in all its modes—oral, written, print, electronic—claims the central role in Walter J. Ong’s acclaimed speculations on human culture. After his death, his archives were found to contain unpublished drafts of a final book manuscript that Ong envisioned as a distillation of his life’s work. This first publication of Language as Hermeneutic, reconstructed from Ong’s various drafts by Thomas D. Zlatic and Sara van den Berg, is more than a summation of his thinking. It develops new arguments around issues of cognition, interpretation, and language. Digitization, he writes, is inherent in all forms of "writing," from its early beginnings in clay tablets. As digitization increases in print and now electronic culture, there is a corresponding need to counter the fractioning of digitization with the unitive attempts of hermeneutics, particularly hermeneutics that are modeled on oral rather than written paradigms.

In addition to the edited text of Language as Hermeneutic, this volume includes essays on the reconstruction of Ong’s work and its significance within Ong’s intellectual project, as well as a previously unpublished article by Ong, "Time, Digitization, and Dalí's Memory," which further explores language’s role in preserving and enhancing our humanity in the digital age.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Sara van den Berg
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Language as Hermeneutic: A Primer on the Word and Digitization
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 11-19
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  1. 1. Orality, Writing, Presence
  2. pp. 20-24
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  1. 2. Hermeneutics, Textual and Other
  2. pp. 25-35
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  1. 3. Affiliations of Hermeneutics with Text
  2. pp. 36-39
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  1. 4. The Interpersonalism of Hermeneutics, Oral and Other
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. 5. Hermeneutics, Print, and “Facts”
  2. pp. 50-54
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  1. 6. Hermeneutics and the Unsaid
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. 7. Meaning, Hermeneutic, and Interpersonal Trust
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. 8. Hermeneutic and Communication in Oral Cultures
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. 9. Logos and Digitization
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. 10. Hermeneutics in Children’s Learning to Speak
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. 11. Language, Technology, and the Human
  2. pp. 90-93
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  1. Epilogue: The Mythology of Logos
  2. pp. 94-110
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. References
  2. pp. 114-120
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  1. Part II: About Language as Hermeneutic
  1. Language as Hermeneutic: The Evolution of the Idea and the Text
  2. Thomas D. Zlatic
  3. pp. 123-146
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  1. Language as Hermeneutic: An Unresolved Chord
  2. Thomas D. Zlatic
  3. pp. 147-180
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  1. Part III: Appendices
  1. Time, Digitization, and Dalí’s Memory
  2. Walter J. Ong
  3. pp. 183-194
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  1. Picturing Ong’s Oral Hermeneutic
  2. Thomas D. Zlatic
  3. pp. 195-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-208
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501714504
Related ISBN
9781501714481
MARC Record
OCLC
992989811
Pages
238
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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