RE: [mythsoc] Questions concerning language and Postmodernism
- I found the following passage in the Journals of Alexander Schmemann.
Reflecting on the passion in some quarters for courses in "Great Ideas of the
Western World" he writes:
It would be useful to teach a course entitled Great Western Errors,
following approximately this plan: Rousseau and Nature, with a capital N;
The Enlightenment and Reason, capital R; Hegel and History, capital H;
Marx and Revolution, capital R; and finally, Freud and Sex, capital
Srealizing that the main error of each is precisely the capital letter, which
transforms these words into an idol, into a tragic pars pro toto.
The list can be extended: Postmodernism and "Language" with a capital L. In
other words, the separation of language from its rootedness in both human
minds and being--that is, from "participation", in Barfield's terms.