[ Reading ] ➽ Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power Author Josef Pieper – Pimply.info

Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power One Of The Great Catholic Philosophers Of Our Day Reflects On The Way Language Has Been Abused So That, Instead Of Being A Means Of Communicating The Truth And Entering Deeply Into It, And Of The Acquisition Of Wisdom, It Is Being Used To Control People And Manipulate Them To Achieve Practical Ends Reality Becomes Intelligible Through Words Man Speaks So That Through Naming Things, What Is Real May Become Intelligible This Mediating Character Of Language, However, Is Being Increasingly Corrupted Tyranny, Propaganda, Mass Media Destroy And Distort Words They Offer Us Apparent Realities Whose Fictive Character Threatens To Become Opaque Josef Pieper Shows With Energetic Zeal, But Also With Ascetical Restraint, The Path Out Of This Dangerous Situation We Are Constrained To See Things Again As They Are And From The Truth Thus Grasped, To Live And To Work.


10 thoughts on “Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power

  1. says:

    When this book arrived in the mail, over 2 years ago, I was a bit annoyed because the paperback, I had paid 9.65 for, turned out to be a tiny booklet containing nothan 35 pages The booklet landed in one of my many boxes with unread books While trying to get my unread books a bit sorted and organized, I, yesterday, came across this little booklet again I had just watched the news and was still inf


  2. says:

    September 27, 2014 In 1974 Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper wrote an essay in his native German called Abuse of Language Abuse of Power I came across it when a friend of a Goodreads friend commented it on one of my friend s reviews The subject is sophistry Plato s battle with it a subject which the author asserts is pertinent to any time and any place Pieper quotes Neitzsche as having said, The e


  3. says:

    In Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power Joseph Pieper begins building his case against sophistry by showing what Plato most deplored about the sophists of his day their wealth no surprise and physical beauty and how the former is gained through the corruption of the latter as well as the manipulation of language Pieper includes quotes from Hegel and Nietzsche both separated from the Father of Philosop


  4. says:

    This short book is worth the hour it takes to read It makes two great points First, true communication stops and propaganda begins the moment that words are chosen to influence people rather than to accurately represent reality Secondly, a good definition of freedom is to exist, not in dependence on anything without , but by and for reasons entirely within So, we use words and science freely when we


  5. says:

    Josef Pieper is not for the faint of heart I had to read and reread these essays in order to wrap my head around the truth conveyed Yet, his works hold some of the most concise words of truth for our generation demonstrating that truth does not lose its relevance over time In this small but powerful book there are two closely related essays the first titled, Abuse of Language Abuse of Power and the o


  6. says:

    I read this strictly for school in my Language and Power class..it s not a bad read, but it s not something I would pick up on my own It s essentially an essay by Pieper that discusses the problems with language when used as a tool for propaganda and persuasion.It mentions the Sophists of Socrates era they were people paid to educate others in the use of rhetoric It also talks about how flattery is ly


  7. says:

    This 54 page book consists of two essays, the titular one being an extended meditation of Plato s animus towards the sophists The key idea for Pieper is a quote from The Sophist, the sophists fabricate a fictitious reality The irony of the pot calling the kettle black is entirely missed by Pieper, writing in a time when the democracy communist binary guided Catholic thought, and before the end of metap


  8. says:

    This book is tiny.


  9. says:

    This is a short booklet which contains two important articles They areimportant because of how applicable they are to our contemporary world.The first concerns how the abuse of language turns language into a destructive instrument of power When language is used, not as communication based on reality, but as a means of manipulating other people so as to get something from them, it has become a form of vio


  10. says:

    Would love to own a copy The second essay in the book, Knowledge and Freedom is also good.


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