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Definition of Man Monday, September 26, 2011 Definition of Man Man is the symbol-using animal inventor of the negative separated from his natural condition by instruments of his own making goaded by the spirit of hierarchy and rotten with perfection. Symbol-Using Animal … “… yes, obviously. But can we bring ourselves to realize just what that formula implies, just how overwhelmingly much of what we mean by ‘reality’ has been built up for us through nothing but our symbol systems?” (5). “To meditate on this fact until one sees its full implications is much like peering over the edge of things into an ultimate abyss” (5). “And doubtless that’s one reason why, though man is typically the symbol- using animal, he clings to a kind of naïve verbal realism that refuses to realize the full extent of the role played by symbolicity in his notions of reality” (5). “A certain kind of food may be perfectly wholesome, so far as its sheer material nature is concerned. And people in some areas may particularly
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