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

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Yale University Press, 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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Walter J. Ong (1912-2003) was Professor of Humanities, William E. Haren Professor of English, and Professor of Humanities in Psychiatry at Saint Louis University, Missouri.

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