04 May 2006

Wierzbicka book, re epistemic restraint

Of interest is the new book by Anna Wierzbicka (ANU), English: Meaning and Culture. It's about how the English language in particular incorporates a favourable view of being reasonable and balanced. From the blurb, "She dissects the ideas of `fairness' and `reasonableness' and shows that, far from being cultural universals, they are unique creations of modern Anglo culture." She gives a lot of credit to Locke for doing it.


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