By Pat Frank

ISBN-10: 0062296205

ISBN-13: 9780062296207

"Alas, Babylon." these fateful phrases heralded the tip. whilst a nuclear holocaust ravages the USA, one thousand years of civilization are stripped away in a single day, and thousands and thousands of individuals are killed immediately. yet for one small city in Florida, miraculously spared, the fight is simply starting, as women and men of all backgrounds subscribe to jointly to confront the darkness.

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R8 THE CONTINGENCY OF LANGUAGE utterance in the same unthinking way in which we cope with most of their other utterances. lo It is part of an attempt to get us to stop thinking of languageas a medium. This, in turn, is part of a larger artempt to get rid of the traditional philosophical picture of what it is to be human. The importance of Davidson's point can perhaps best be seen by contrasting his treatment of metaphor with those of the Platonist and the positivist on the one hand and the Romantic on the other.

For that fear blends into the fear that, even if they are preserved and noticed, nobody will find anything distinctive in them. The words (or shapes, or theorems, or models of physical nature) marshaled to one's command may seem merely stock items, rearranged in routine ways. One will not have impressed one's mark on the language but, rather, will have spent one's life shoving about already coined pieces. So one will not really have had an I at all. One's creations, and one's self, will iust be better or worse instances of familiar types.

MIT Press, r98z). : MIT Press, 1987). 2T CONTINGENCY "Heideggerian nostalgia," we shall not think of our "intuitions', as more than platitudes, more than the habitual use of a certain repertoire of terms, more than old tools which as yet have no replacements. I can crudely sum up the story which historians like Blumenberg tell by saying that once upon a time we felt a need to worship something which lay beyond the visible wodd. Beginning in the seventeenth century we tried to substitute a love of truth for a love of God, treating the wodd described by science as a quasi divinity.

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