The World on Paper: The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading / Edition 1

The World on Paper: The Conceptual and Cognitive Implications of Writing and Reading / Edition 1

by David R. Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521575583

ISBN-13: 9780521575584

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature and ourselves? Drawing on recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, the author offers a bold new perspective on how writing and reading have historically and developmentally altered our understanding of language, mind and nature. These

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What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature and ourselves? Drawing on recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, the author offers a bold new perspective on how writing and reading have historically and developmentally altered our understanding of language, mind and nature. These understandings, Olson argues, are by-products of living in a "world on paper."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521575584
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Demythologising literacy; 2. Theories of literacy and mind from Levy-Bruhl to Scribner and Cole; 3. Literacy and the conceptual revolutions of Classical Greece and Renaissance Europe; 4. What writing represents; 5. What writing doesn't represent; 6. The problem of interpretation; 7. A history of reading; 8. Reading the Book of Nature; 9. A history of written discourse; 10. Representing the world in maps, diagrams, formulas, pictures and texts; 11. Representing the mind; 12. The making of the literate mind.

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