Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Thoughts Of Descartes Vs Systemic Functional Linguistics [2]

Kœstler (1979: 535-6, 539):
The division of the world into 'primary' and 'secondary' qualities was completed by Descartes.  He further reduced primary qualities to 'extension' and 'motion', which form the 'realm of extension' — res extensa — and he lumped together everything else in the res cogitans, the realm of the mind …
Descartes carried the process one step further [than Galileo] by paring down the reality of the external world to particles whose only quality was extension in space and motion in space and time.

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From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, all such qualities, primary and secondary, extension and motion, exist "only in the observer's consciousness" — since they are all meanings construed of experience.

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