ERIC Number: ED216526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Language, Affect and the Symbolization of Value.
Hague, William J.
Traditional philosophy and psychology have given greater attention to the cognitive than to the affective side of the human person. A more holistic approach shifts the emphasis to feeling as a guide to value objectivity. Values are apprehended and symbolized before a judgment is made as to their worthwhileness. The symbolizing process, that is, the objectifying of the outside world to the subject, is in the form of language. If objective truth is not ready-made, but is largely a function of the questions one asks, then it is a function not only of logic but also of the imagination and feeling one gives to the questions. It is a function of the language and symbols one chooses to use. It can be said then that the greatest objectivity is found in the highest levels of subjectivity. Of importance here is seeing human development and functioning as multilevel. Higher levels of personal particularly the ability to put oneself in another's place. The language of the world's great moral teachers is poetic, symbolic, and living. The values residing in their authentic subjectivity have been objectified in language--the poetry of their words and the meanings of their lives. This is the process by which all human beings objectify values. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Affective Domain; Authenticity
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Problems and Public Policy (Cancun, Mexico, December 16-19, 1981).