CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

7-30-2015

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

19

Issue/No.

33

Abstract

Excerpt

It seems the theory of evolution is all the rage these days among philosophers. I am not referring to those many philosophers who feel compelled to defend Darwin’s theory against the rantings of religious fanatics. I am referring the apparent trend that has developed in the last few years that exploits Darwinian insights in order to clarify and perhaps even solve some philosophical problems. Daniel Cloud’s The Domestication of Language is a recent example. The 275-page book, divided into ten chapters and an index, is dedicated to making sense out of the deceptively complicated issue of where words come from.

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