Thought and Language: Schleiermacher and the Tension Between Spontaneity and Receptivity

Lourdes Flamarique

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In his dialectic, Schleiermacher proposes a view of cognitive activity in which the difficulties inherent in a vision of knowledge defined as original spontaneity come to light. At the origin of rationality, determination is also present, but not as a determination which limits or conditions, rather as a symbol of spontaneity and freedom, which is still insufficient in some aspects. Finding out what these insufficiencies consist in is a way of picking up the problematic tension between the spontaneous and the receptive, the extent of which goes beyond the limits of epistemology.

This paper explores Schleiermacher's transformation ofthe tension between spontaneity and receptivity in the opposition between the general and the individual, insofar as this tension is articulated by the relationship between thought and language.

This paper explores Schleiermacher's transformation ofthe tension between spontaneity and receptivity in the opposition between the general and the individual, insofar as this tension is articulated by the relationship between thought and language.


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