Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Spiritual QuestTranscendence  in Myth, Religion, and Science$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Torrance

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520081321

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520081321.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 28 September 2021

Linguistic Foundations of the Quest

Linguistic Foundations of the Quest

Chapter:
(p.32) Chapter Three Linguistic Foundations of the Quest
Source:
The Spiritual Quest
Author(s):

Robert M. Torrance

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520081321.003.0003

This chapter argues that self-transcendence inherent in life and intensified by consciousness can attain full expression only through the exclusively human medium of speech, which gives the inchoate questing impulse flexibly structured communicable form. Even though its object may be finally inexpressible, the fully human quest presupposes the creative agency of the word—or sentence—that allows the always-potential future to become the goal of present actions. That language might be essential to the search for an indeterminate future is barely conceivable in the structuralist linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure and his school, dominant throughout much of the twentieth century. Above all—and from this, both arbitrariness and immutability follow—langue is a self-contained and hence a closed system, cut off from the external world.

Keywords:   self-transcendence, consciousness, speech, quest, word, actions, language, linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure, langue

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.