[PW] currency leads to categorical thinking?

Petter Naess petter at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 03:00:26 PDT 2020

Hi Mary, de Saussure came to my mind (semiotics, arbitrary relationship
between words and the things they represent, etc.) and a search on Saussure
and currency brought up this which might be of interest..?
Petter Næss

On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 12:47 AM Mary Davis <Mary.Davis at hillsboro-oregon.gov>

> I had a friend request reference help, and I'm ashamed to say that I am
> failing utterly on this one. He took a philosophy class in grad school
> years ago, and remembers the prof referring to either a book or an article
> that explored the idea that currency - interpreted loosely as using one
> item to stand in for another item for purposes of trade - led to expanding
> the practice of categorical thinking. I have found a lot of articles/books
> on the idea that language development spurs categorical thinking, and some
> sources that suggest the currency idea could be related to Marx and
> quantification...but this is where my searching falls apart, and I am
> unsure what search terms I should even be using at this point.
> I'm tempted to ask him for the professor's name and the class name and
> just email them to see if they ever saved the syllabus, but I thought one
> of you might know this off the top of your philosophically brainy head. Any
> philosophy majors out there?
> Mary Davis
> Hillsboro Public Library
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