re linguistic determinism and racist logic
September 22, 2012
One of the reasons I hate linguistic determinism is the ways that it stays consistently racist.
In my studies of logic, I read one scholar who, for reals, claimed that Warring States Chinese philosophy had no concept of truth because there was no particular word for it.
I’m not joking.
And this scholar is big in the field. Taught for a long time at HKU. (still alive, I think too).
This is how non-white cultures come to be understood as inherently illogical.
Because you can’t have logic without truth (no, seriously, you can’t). So if there is not truth, there is no logic.
White people can build careers out of saying shit like this.