A Methodology of Edges: Culture and Science in Japanese and English

By John Christopher Foster.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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To the extent that the discovery in exemplary works of culture and science can be said to generate what may be called contingent, culture-language bound truths, the relative validity of the question of epistemological relativism or objectivism might be given a new perspective in an interrogation of the different sources of meaning generating those truths. Is there something called ‘truth’ that is accessible through the agency of all language? Or is truth a matter of construction within the framing language? Here, we take our cue from Donald Davidson (1986), and call the foundations of knowledge both ‘subjective and objective at once’ (327), both a matter of the subjective experience of socio-linguistic contingency written into natural languages and conceptual framing within a systematized and commensurable disciplinary matrix. The suggestion in this paper is that a primary body of knowledge is always to some extent understood through the metaphors and myths that naturalize communities and individuals within a contingent natural world.

Keywords: Cross-culture, English, Japanese, Embodied, Cognition, Myth

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.61-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 679.339KB).

John Christopher Foster

Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan

The author teaches language in the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Kagoshima University, Japan. His interest lies in cross cultural issues as these generate within mythical images of nature and find application in structuring knowledge.

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