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Archaic expression?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stevo Jul 19, 2016. 11 Replies

Hi everyone,Long time follower, first time poster. I came across the following expression in a book by the American poet Ezra Pound:"Mais, moi, M. Descartes, qui ne pense pas?”In context, Pound seems…Continue

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Stevo replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Hi, George.Thanks alot for your advices. Naturally, I keep "dictum" in my new English vocabulary, but I promise to pay attention with his usage. ;-)"
Jul 19, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Apparently Johannes Scottus  Eriugena is lesser known philosopher  from the 9th century that Pound developed an interest…"
Jul 13, 2016
Stevo replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"“A "dictum" can refer to some general advice or it can just be applied to something a particular has said in a severe way.”Yes. I understand that you to say. In French, a dictum is “une remarque”, “une…"
Jul 13, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
""Erigena's dictum" is simply a phrase from the extract of Pound's novel that Andrew has brought to our attention. I thought perhaps it had a wider usage but I think not.It  must just refer to something Erigena, one of the…"
Jul 13, 2016
Stevo replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Hi George. “Do you read Ezra Pound?” No. I already have difficulties to read French philosophers in French, so I don't have enough time to read american philosophers in English. However, thanks for your question. ^^ In fact, I…"
Jul 13, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Looks like that. Do you read Ezra Pound? Was he interested in philosophy (I see Aquinas is also mentioned) All I really know about him is that he was American and has a walk on part in "Desolation Row" by Bob Dylan("Ezra Pound and…"
Jul 11, 2016
Stevo replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Hello Andrew, Robert, George. Andrew, Is this sentence is extracted from this page…"
Jul 11, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"I am not quite sure of the original meaning of "I think ,therefore I am". I think there may be more than one interpretation  of what Descartes said and it may not be as simple as it appears on the surface."
Jul 7, 2016
Robert replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"I must clarify though- those 2 statements are for purpose of illustration; by no means would I translate 'être' as "exist.""
Jul 7, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"Yes  I agree with Robert."
Jul 6, 2016
Robert replied to Andrew Baxter's discussion Archaic expression?
"That translation makes sense as is. But it needs that context. Then it is like these: But, me, who does not think- do I exists or not? For a person who does not think, like me, does he exist or not?"
Jul 6, 2016
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Archaic expression?

Hi everyone,Long time follower, first time poster. I came across the following expression in a book by the American poet Ezra Pound:"Mais, moi, M. Descartes, qui ne pense pas?”In context, Pound seems to be making fun of the person for misunderstanding Descarte's "Je pense, donc je suis" (“I think, therefore I am”). But I can't make sense of the how to translate the phrase. I'm interpreting it like this:“But, [what about] me, Mr. Descartes, who does not think?” Does this make any sense? Would…See More
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