Comparative Linguistics

September 18, 2020


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What is the path that took the founding fathers of the great social disciplines like Philology, mythology, Comparative Linguistics, or political economy? We tend to believe that reason governs the entire process and, in addition, that progress was continuous, but it’s an illusion, a new version of an ancient teleological argument. Indeed, there appears to be a clear, emphatic and definitive, separation between the strict procedures of the rational course and Fables which conceives of the imagination. After all, the imagination is the quality most shared and widespread of the human species. As Plato knew it, the mythos and logos are aspects of a unified universe, two complementary figures of the spirit. The examination of the history of science tends to show us that the most original and future developments-rich fields of research are those that appear as a tissue of complicated Fables, whose domain can require a complex set of abilities: the domain of a now extinct language the knowledge of many legendary stories and made religious, thought forms and particular features of a civilization. In other words, the decisive motivation that encourages the creation again knowledge tends to be more strange or mysterious than it seems at first sight. But to understand this statement fully, vital a return to the origins, at that first moment, because there we can perceive the forces that led to the birth of a discipline.

To study or describe the major economic and social phenomena, it is essential to design an artificial language, because this allows appoint, organize and interpret the most relevant facts. Although only specialists know the logic and procedures of this social construction, not why we conclude that their relevance is limited. Conversely, created by political economy accounting programs, seem to wake up, in the information age, an unusual interest. But isn’t this quality feature Essentials of this curious phenomenon, but the fact that this has a general character. Indeed, the results of these sophisticated accounting programs seem to dominate the dynamics of scientific research, inspire plans of public administrations, encourage the enthusiasm of international investors, meet the conditionality required to access a loan, and justify the policy actions of national Governments. Unfortunately, his popularity and, in particular, its widespread use not come accompanied by a full awareness of the principles governing its structure, problems that led to its creation nor, above all, of the limits inherent in its very design. Indeed, the dissemination of a given practice presupposes a degree of automation and imprecision in use and, primarily, the increased use of metaphorical interpretations, since these are those that allow the constant enlargement of sense and thus extend the dimensions of its implementation. In effect, systems that has developed the political economy to measure the main economic facts are only a specific type of human language, an artificial language whose structure is not very different from the others that developed in eras prior to our us says Michael Foucault, in the preface to the words and things, that fundamental culture codes fix in advance the empirical orders will recognize. In this same work, is also said that this recognition is arbitrary, since it is possible to identify, in time and space, a large number of these systems of organization of empirical reality.