ERIC Number: ED079734
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Publication Date: 1971
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The War with Words: Structure and Transcendence. Approaches to Semiotics Series No. 12.
Shands, Harley C.
Semiotic research increasingly reveals the basic importance of structure at all levels of genetic, linguistic, and social process. The paradox that structure not only liberates but also imprisons has been familiar to members of many different cultures, and the search for personal release in transcendent states of feeling contrapuntally illuminates the opposite search for higher and higher levels of abstract structural understanding. Traditionally, the search for feelings of "surpassing intensity" has been the self-selected task of human beings willing to immerse themselves in protracted, even unlimited, self-discipline. Paradoxically, however, many of the young seek states of surpassing intensity while rejecting the ideals of discipline and delay of gratification. "The War with Words" is an inquiry into this current problem. It considers the description of unification or dedifferentiation familiar in the writings of mystics, East and West, in the light of contemporary scientific work in biology which gives models from physiology (e.g., "paradoxical sleep") through which transcendent states can be more comprehensively understood. From a central interest in verbal form and function, an aspect of the social revolution of our time, as it reflects a very ancient tradition, is explored. (MF)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Individual Development, Linguistic Theory, Mysticism, Philosophy, Sciences, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Semiotics, Symbolic Language
Humanities Press, 450 Park Avenue South, New York, N. Y. 10010 ($8.00 cloth)
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