[lit-ideas] Philosophy of the Ear

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:51:30 EDT

In a message dated 6/28/2010 4:03:47 A.M., jejunejesuit.geary2@xxxxxxxxx  

Life is  so damn noisy:
all that farting and burping and belching
and those  hilarious
dick induced vaginal fart-sounds,

The problem with 'sound', as Grice says, following, David Hume, is the  
_ear_. In animals without ears (amoeba, etc.) they live in a silent world. Not  
that they'll complain about it!
Aristotle said that a man (e.g. Van Gogh) without a 'ear' is a 'privation', 
 not a 'negation' (Grice has an early paper on this "Privation and 
Negation". We  don't say that the orchestra was 'privated' of sound.
Twain would complain about the sound of Wagner's music. 
Most onomatopoetic words for 'sounds' imitate what they reproduce. To echo  
--- In fact, 'belch', is Anglo-Norman, and NOT onomatopoetic in nature. 
"Fart" is not onomatopoetic either. "Burp" is. In Italian, no word is truly 
 onomatopoetic in that no Italian word can end in a consonant, and 'burp' 
ends in  a consonant (in two consonants, rather). The Italian for 'burp' is 
NOT  onomatopoetic, but rather 'operatic'.
J. L. Speranza, Bordighera, etc. 

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