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Digging In: Work, Language, and Forms of Life

“It is easy to imagine a language consisting only of orders and reports in battle.—Or a language consisting only of questions and expressions for answering yes and no. And innumerable others.—And to imagine a language means to imagine a form of life.”[1]It’s hot in Tennessee, and summer brings on odd moods, so here’s a tall tale based upon a recent experience. I’m thinking about a specific phenomenology of work and the laboring self. Doubtless there are countless different kinds of labor and work and ways to think about it. I’m concerned here with simple physical labor and what that does Read more