the word (name?) as isotrope

| April 20, 2012

Florensky wrote: “it is the word alone, produced by the vocal organ, that makes the cognitive process possible, the word alone that makes objective what was still subjective and had not seemed even to ourselves to be the cognized truth before the word came along. On the other hand, the word pronounced sums up our inward longing for reality and places before us the cognitive urge Sehnsucht as a goal that has been achieved and a value that has been secured for consciousness” translated by Penny Burt. To underline this point Florensky introduce the term isotrope from geometry. Geometry shows that however short or long the distance between two points in space may be, one can always construct a path along which this distance is equal to zero. The line of this path is the so-called isotrope. By establishing an isotropic connection between the points, we can make any two points directly contiguous to each other. Thus we can compare the word-utterance to this contact between cognizer and cognized along the isotrope: although remaining spatially separate, they prove to be mutually superimposed. The word is the ontological isotrope, according to Florensky. So the word is a bridge between the I and the non-I.

via Personal approach to Symbolic reality.