Why chickens have no myths: Walker Percy on language and man

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Title: Why chickens have no myths: Walker Percy on language and man
Authors: Casey, Gerard
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5402
Date: Jul-2013
Abstract: It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it….1 Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from his troubled dreams and found that while he had not been metamorphosed into a giant insect—what a story that would have made!—he had been transplanted from his comfortable bed to the floor of what looked like a rain forest. All around him were trees, or what looked like trees, with strange shapes and unrecognisable foliage. The tree-like things stretched up to the sky—and what a sky! Purple instead of the normal blue and, as Gregor saw when he reached a clearing, with not one but what looked like two suns! Wherever Gregor was, it wasn’t Earth; it wasn’t even Prague. The forest was raucous with sounds—an Amazonian cacophony of whistles, shrieks and jabberings. Suspended between terror and exhilaration, Gregor began to explore his new environment. First things first—what would he eat and drink? Was he in danger from attack by plants or animals? How would he know what was a plant or an animal? Were there human beings on this planet or, if not human beings, then rational beings of some kind or other? How would he know if there were any such beings on this planet?
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Veritas
Copyright (published version): 2013, the editors and the individual contributors
Keywords: LanguageManHuman beingsThoughtRationality
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Leahy, Brendan and Walsh, David (eds.). The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery : Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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