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Das sprechende Tier. Über Macht und Ohnmacht der Sprache

Angehrn, Emil. (2019) Das sprechende Tier. Über Macht und Ohnmacht der Sprache. Swiss Archives of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 170. w03006.

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Abstract

The speaking animal. On the power and impotence of language. Language is a characteristic feature of human beings. It is the foundation of our relationships to others, to things, to ourselves; it is the foundation of communication with other people, recognition and representation of the world, and understanding the self. But language is not simply a fixed element of human experience and action. It can be lacking, fragile and problematic. This article discusses the tension between the original need for language and the power of language on one hand, and the withdrawal and impotence of language on the other. Loss of language is linked to the experience of the negative in specific ways. Experiences of extreme suffering go hand in hand with a loss of expression and an inability to achieve linguistic competence. In contrast, there is the need to “give voice to suffering” (Adorno). This is a guiding principle of psychotherapy, social criticism, and historical culture. In various forms, it is a matter of expressing the unfinished and regaining lost language.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Ehemalige Einheiten Philosophie und Medienwissenschaft > Geschichte der Philosophie (Angehrn)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Philosophie
UniBasel Contributors:Angehrn, Emil
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag
ISSN:2297-6981
e-ISSN:2297-7007
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:German
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Last Modified:01 Oct 2019 09:35
Deposited On:01 Oct 2019 09:35

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