Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos

Percy, Walker

| 2018

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Two fascinating philosophical inquiries from the ';dazzlingly gifted' New York Timesbestselling and National Book Awardwinning author of The Moviegoer (USA Today). Winner of the National Book Award for The Moviegoer, the Southern writer Walker Percy possessed ';an intellectual range and rigor few American novelists can match' (The New York Times Book Review). In these two provocative works, Percy manages to be perceptive and playful as he more directly explores the philosophical foundations of his groundbreaking fiction. The Message in the Bottle: In these profound and passionate essays that ';have a way of quickening the spirit and cleansing the sight,' Percy looks to language to answer the question of who we are as humans (The New Republic). He posits that the act of assigning meaning by naming things makes humans unique. Percy develops a theory of language through the example of Helen...

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