Thoughts on Being Human [4] – Cognitive Faculties

When Wilhelm Wundt distinguished the study of psychology from philosophy and biology in the late 19th century, he was filling a void: both philosophical and biological treatments had failed in their treatment of the human psyche and a new approach seemed not only warranted, but necessary.  Philosophy had, for the most part, remained in an …

Thoughts on Being Human [3] – Signs of Our Times

What are the signs of our times?  That is: what signifies our here-and-now moment?  Screaming politicians?  Angry mobs?  Memes?  The ubiquity of networked technologies?  It is always hard to tell, from within a moment, what signifies the intelligibility of that moment; understanding precisely where we are requires spending time to find points of reference.  Every …

Language and Thinking

We take our instruments, our technologies--those artefactual extensions of our practically-oriented capacities--for granted.  This is true most of all of our particular languages--those delimited, structured, historically-developed systems of verbal articulation recorded and regulated by dictionaries and grammar textbooks--which we seldom think of as technology at all.  No technology receives as much use; though, like all …