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Imprisoned in EnglishThe Hazards of English as a Default Language$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199321490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.001.0001

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Philosophy, Theology, Politics

Philosophy, Theology, Politics

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(p.215) 16 Philosophy, Theology, Politics
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Imprisoned in English
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Anna Wierzbicka

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199321490.003.0016

This chapter presents the views of three major scholars from three different disciplines: Thomas Dixon from philosophy and history of science, Wacław Hryniewicz from theology, and Richard Collin, from political science. Dixon places particular emphasis on “chronocentrism” in contemporary social sciences, which makes them conceptually dependent not just on English but, more specifically, on modern English. Hryniewicz’s main theme is the “miscommunication” between, on the one hand, the prophets of the Hebrew and the authors of the New Testament, and, on the other, modern Western readers, and especially Anglo readers, to whom the cultural and linguistic world of the Bible is often completely alien. Richard Collin focuses on the difficulty of “moving political meanings across linguistic frontiers.” Both Hryniewicz and Collin give a great deal of attention to NSM as a way of overcoming Anglocentrism in their respective fields.

Keywords:   history of science, discourse of “emotions”, discourse of “altruism”, chronocentrism, rhetoric and Anglophone modernity, biblical hermeneutics, “democracy”, political science

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