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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 Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power


About the Author: Josef Pieper

Josef Pieper was professor of philosophical anthropology at the University of M nster Germany he was a member of several academies and received numerous awards and distinctions, among them the International Balzan Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of humanities.Pieper is among the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century The main focus of his thought is the overcoming of cultural forms of secular totalitarianism and of its philosophical foundations through a rehabilitation of the Christian concept of man that is related to experience and action Plato and Thomas Aquinas in particular were the inspiring sources of a constructive criticism of contemporary culture.



10 thoughts on “Abuse of Language—Abuse of Power

  1. says:

    Living in Glass HousesChristianity backed the wrong horse Not Jesus who was admirable in many ways, divine or not But language, that most unreliable of creations, which morphs and wiggles incessantly and always ends up controlling those who think they are using it And the Christian sect most controlled by the independent beast of language is the Catholic Church, which doesn t appear to re


  2. 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 stil


  3. 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, Th


  4. 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 Philoso


  5. 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


  6. says:

    A wonderful pair of essays on the importance of truth as intention, in language and in science The titular essay is very good In it, Pieper lays his ground rules for the conditions under which communication is possible Use of language to do anything other than convey truth is flattery or, as you might expect, an abuse of power , the power of the ability of language to convey reality and truth A couple q


  7. 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 other K


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    Word and language form the medium that sustains the common existence of the human spirit as such The reality of the word in eminent ways makes existential interaction happen And so, if the word becomes corrupted, human existence itself will not remain unaffected and untaintedJosef Pieper Using the ancient debate between Plato and the Sophists as a starting point, philosopher Josef Pieper explores the relation


  9. 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 metaphysics , t


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here In the first essay, Pieper shows that words exist to communicate reality with a subject The sophist is not interested in communicating with another subject, but in manipulating others as objects, abusing words to do so In the second essay, Pieper shows that knowledge possesses freedom to the extent that it is not practical, but theoreti


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