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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Hans-Georg Gadamar

Three years ago today Hans-Georg Gadamar, a decisive figure in current philosophy died. He said things like "Nothing exists except through language" which, as well as his work on contemporary political and ethical issues, is just one of the reasons why his work (about hermeneutics) interests me.

Gadamar also talked about the "self-forgetfullness of language" - how it becomes invisible the more we live it. That's why operating em duas linguas is important. Not a day goes by when you don't feel "the living operation" that we are all involved in, but which becomes invisible in a monolingual existence. Speaking another language interrupts the naturalness and taken-for-granted assumptions of using only one.

(Here's another link to Gadamer's work - reminding me of how lucky some of us are to have such easy access to all this information.)


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