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Who Was Walter Ong, and Why Is His Thought Important Today?

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I do not understand Jacques Derrida's thought about phonocentrism and logocentrism well enough to compare his thought with Ong's critique of the corpuscular sense of life, so I will leave it to someone else to undertake constructing a comparison and contrast of their thought.

In any event, had Samuel P. Huntington understood Ong's multivariate account of Western cultural history, he could have used Ong's thought to deepen and strengthen his clash-of-civilizations thesis in the 1990s, which seemed to be confirmed by the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

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For readers who might be interested in reading further about the quantification of thought, agonistic structures, the inward turn of consciousness, and visualist tendencies, I add now a bibliographic listing of selected relevant works. We can obviously separate these factors for study and discussion. But these factors at times inter-acted with one another in ways that are at times difficult to discuss.

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SELECTED WORKS ABOUT THE QUANTIFICATION OF THOUGHT

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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