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The rhetoric of error from Locke to Kleist.

9780804770170

The rhetoric of error from Locke to Kleist.

Sng, Zachary.

Stanford U. Press

2010

202 pages

$50.00

Hardcover

BD171

Zachary Sng (German studies, Brown U.) writes in his preface: "My focus will...be on the nonsystematic movement of error that I call errance, which includes contaminating reflux, treasonous desertion, unpredictable circulation, violent irruption, and other movements which place simple oppositions and coherent itineraries under erasure or suspension." He begins with a reading of Locke's Essay and its claims about language and thought, then proceeds to G.W. Leibniz and John Horne Tooke and their quest for language that clarifies philosophy and vice versa. Following is discussion of Immanuel Kant and what he calls the "error of subreption," and then two chapters on literature and the debates about language and thought. The final chapter looks at Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger, in which, according to Sng, "...we find a system for dirt's neutralization and its conversion into symbolic power."

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