Opposition

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Die Debatte um die These, dass der Widerspruch ein bloß sprachliches Phänomen ist, das aus – in den Dingen an sich nichtvorhandenen – Dichotomien der Sprache entsteht, ist bekannt und ich werde sie heute nicht ansprechen.

Viel provokativer erscheint mir der gestrige Spaziergangseinfall: Jedweder Gegensatz ist nur sprachlich. Nicht zuletzt könnte auf dem Schild stehen: “Friss mich!”.

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Arguably, contradiction is only a linguistic device based on dichotomies in language that are nonexistent in reality. This is a well-known debate and I shall not address it here – not today.

What is more provocative is an aperçu after yesterday’s walk: any opposition is only linguistic. Note that the inscription above (“Do not feed” – meaning: the goats) could state anything else. Among others: “Eat me!”.

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