Language in all its modes—oral, written, print, electronic—claims the central role in Walter J. Ong’s acclaimed speculations on human culture. After his death, his archives were found to contain unpublished drafts of a final book manuscript that Ong envisioned as a distillation of his life’s work. This first publication of Language as Hermeneutic, reconstructed from Ong’s various drafts by Thomas D. Zlatic and Sara van den Berg, is more than a summation of his thinking. It develops new arguments around issues of cognition, interpretation, and language. Digitization, he writes, is inherent in all forms of "writing," from its early beginnings in clay tablets. As digitization increases in print and now electronic culture, there is a corresponding need to counter the fractioning of digitization with the unitive attempts of hermeneutics, particularly hermeneutics that are modeled on oral rather than written paradigms.In addition to the edited text of Language as Hermeneutic, this volume includes essays on the reconstruction of Ong’s work and its significance within Ong’s intellectual project, as well as a previously unpublished article by Ong, "Time, Digitization, and Dalí's Memory," which further explores language’s role in preserving and enhancing our humanity in the digital age.
Acerca de Walter J. Ong
Walter J. Ong (Kansas City, 1912 - San Luis, Misuri, 2003) fue un sacerdote, profesor, académico y filólogo de lengua inglesa. Se especializó en lengua latina en la Universidad de Rockhurst. Obtuvo los grados de licenciado en filosofía y teología y maestro en literatura inglesa en la Saint Louis University, donde fue docente durante treinta años; posteriormente obtuvo el doctorado en literatura inglesa por la Universidad de Harvard. Fue miembro de la Academia de las Ciencias y las Artes de los Estados Unidos y presidente de la Modern Language Association of America. Su trabajo Oralidad y escritura ha sido reconocido a nivel mundial y traducido a más de una docena de idiomas.
Acerca de Thomas D. Zlatic
Thomas D. Zlatic is Professor of Literature at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Acerca de Sara van den Berg
Sara van den Berg is Professor of English and was Director of the Ong Center for Language, Culture, and Media Studies, Saint Louis University.