Indo-Germanic

Dan Lusthaus dlusthau at mailer.fsu.edu
Thu Feb 27 02:19:15 EST 1997


>Note that time was also when F. Schegel was developping his ludicrous
>racist theories
>of superior and inferior languages in "Ueber die Sprache und Weisheit der
>Indier" (1808).
>For example he apparently "proved" that Semitic languages can't have "true"
>flexions and
>"true" roots. Presumably only superior languages like Sanskrit or German
>could. Again,
>I haven't read Schlegel, only second hand quotes, so I encourage anyone to
>check the source.

Is this really any different from Heidegger, a century and half later,
claiming that only Greek and German can think?

Dan Lusthaus
Florida State University






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