Human Words and the Divine Word

Posted December 14, 2017 11:57 pm by David Arias

Human Words and the Divine Word

Speaking to her beloved Romeo, Juliet says, “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet.”  In this famous Shakespearean line, Juliet poetically testifies to the conventionality of human names.  That is, human words, whether written or spoken, signify what they signify thanks to our common consent.  In this respect, our words, considered as signs, differ essentially from things such as smoke and a fever.  For it is by nature, and not by human consent, that smoke signals the fire which gives rise to it.  And, of course, something similar must

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