Language and the Ineffable

Language and the Ineffable : A Developmental Perspective and Its Applications

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The prevailing conception of language is often called "the received view." Though ubiquitous, Louis S. Berger demonstrates its flaws and the difficulties it raises for other disciplines, such as philosophy and physics. In Language and the Ineffable, Berger develops an unconventional model of human development: ontogenesis. A radical and generative feature of the model is the premise that the neonate's world is holistic, boundary-less, unimaginable, and impossible to describe; in other words, ineffable. This study unsettles the foundations of sacrosanct beliefs about language and a host of other disciplines in the process.
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  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739147137
  • 9780739147139
  • 1,263,683

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Louis Berger has written a book that will be of interest to philosophers and mathematicians. Berger is not a professional philosopher, but his insights about language and the logical and semantic paradoxes (see Ch. 7) are impressive. His interests are in the philosophy of language. He develops a view that he calls 'adultocentrism,' which is the highly structured and sophisticated language that adults speak, and that he contrasts with the linguistic neonatal state of the infant looked at developmentally. He cites evidence that infants have a language, but that from the perspective of the adult speaker it is incomprehensible and hence ineffable. This book is a new perspective on language and well worth reading. -- Avrum Stroll, University of California, San Diego Louis Berger is an independent thinker who adroitly attacks the standard conception of language and language learning. His skepticism of the standard conception is well-taken, and the range of his learning is impressive in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. He is rightly skeptical about talking about the ineffable process of language acquisition. -- A. P. Martinich, University of Texas at Austin Drawing upon at least three decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and philosophical metaphysician, Louis Berger has drawn together his provocative conception of Tier 1 thinking and cast it in the context of mathematics, logic, human development, and mental health care. Written in a concise and conversational style, Berger has written his defining work for the intellectually curious and courageous. -- John Z. Sadler, MD, Professor of Psychiatry & Clinical Sciences, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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About Louis S. Berger

Louis S. Berger is a psychologist with a background in music and physics, and the author ofAverting Global Extinction: Our Irrational Society as Therapy Patient. He lives in Forsyth, Georgia.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter One. Background and Rationale Chapter 3 Chapter Two. The Received View of Language Chapter 4 Chapter Three. Varieties of Ineffability Chapter 5 Chapter Four. Ontogenesis, Nonduality, First Language Acquisition Chapter 6 Chapter Five. What Language Is and Does: The Tier 1 Framework Chapter 7 Chapter Six. Application 1: Psychiatry, General-Experimental Psychology, Psychotherapy Chapter 8 Chapter Seven. Application 2: Logic, Mathematics Chapter 9 Postlude
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