The Presence of the Word: Some Prolegomena for Cultural and Religious History

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1967 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 360 pages
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Terry Lectures. A religious philosopher's exploration of the nature and history of the word argues that the word is initially and always sound, that it cannot be reduced to any other category, and that sound is essentially an event manifesting power and personal presence. His analysis of the development of verbal expression, from oral sources through the transfer to the visual world and to contemporary means of electronic communication, shows that the predicament of the human word is the predicament of man himself.
  

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Contents

THE WORD AND THE SENSORIUM i
1
TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE WORD
17
WORD AS SOUND
111
QUEST FOR PEACE
192
MANS WORD AND GODS PRESENCE
287
READINGS
325
INDEX
345
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Walter J. Ong, S.J. (1912 2003), was University Professor of Humanities at Saint Louis University, where he taught for thirty-six years. His books include Fighting for Life: Contest, Sexuality, and Consciousness, Interfaces of the WordStudies in the Evolution of Consciousness and Culture, and Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology: Studies in the Interaction of Expression and Culture, all from Cornell; Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word; The Presence of the Word: Some Prolegomena for Cultural and Religious History; and Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue: From the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason.

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