Writing Science before the Greeks by Rita Watson and Wayne Horowitz

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16 See Harris, 2009, for a recent comprehensive review of the history of this idea. 26 chapter two We address these issues in turn: first, we review theory and research on writing and cognition; we then advance a model of writing and conceptual change. 1 Writing and Rationality Does writing make us rational? Must one be literate in order to be logical? The idea that literacy and rationality are cultural fellow-travelers permeates the Western intellectual tradition but remains largely unexamined.

26 chapter two We address these issues in turn: first, we review theory and research on writing and cognition; we then advance a model of writing and conceptual change. 1 Writing and Rationality Does writing make us rational? Must one be literate in order to be logical? The idea that literacy and rationality are cultural fellow-travelers permeates the Western intellectual tradition but remains largely unexamined. 17 On a naturalistic account of mind, binary distinctions of this nature have no currency.

Such difficulties are endemic to the study of the cuneiform corpus where authoritative texts can only be established on the basis of tablets recovered from the remains of long-dead cities, archives, and libraries. APIN is a welcome exception to the general “state of play” in Ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform scholarship. APIN over centuries makes it particularly well suited to be a test case in the application of a cognitive-linguistic analysis to an Ancient Near Eastern scientific text. of the Neo-Babylonian period, when new techniques and text types come to dominate Babylonian astronomy and astrology, including the ACT tradition for mathematical astronomy, the zodiac, and the horoscope.

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