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Becoming human : the development of language, self, and self-consciousness

Author: John V Canfield
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
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This book is a philosophical examination of the main stages in our journey from hominid to human. It deals with the nature and origin of language, the self, self-consciousness, and the religious ideal of a return to Eden. It approaches these topics through a philosophical anthropology derived from the later writings of Wittgenstein. The result is an account of our place in nature consistent with both a hard-headed  Read more...
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Canfield, John V.
Becoming human.
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
(OCoLC)989861537
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John V Canfield
ISBN: 0230552935 9780230552937
OCLC Number: 137244713
Description: viii, 186 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Setting out --
What language is not --
Language-games --
Zoe learns to talk --
How the human got its words --
Self-portrait, ink on paper --
The further adventures of nobody --
Consciousness --
Self-consciousness --
Back to Eden.
Responsibility: John V. Canfield.
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