This article presents an interpretation and critical assessment of Jan Korensky's recent collection of fifteen theoretical interdisciplinary essays (2004). The essays deal with linguistic as well as epistemological, communicative, semiotic and environmentally ethical questions integrated into a unifying philosophical paradigm. An essential component of this philosophical framework is a linguistic theory based on the primacy of parole, the dynamics of language, the conceptualized metaphor of play, and attracted by procedures of formalization and modelling. The author's major inspiration is his belief in the critical power of Derridean deconstruction. His profound motivation is a vision of giving existential hope to present-day endangered mankind by constructing a dialectically renewed rationalism and by removing or reducing existing epistemological and linguistic limitations. Special attention is paid to terminology. Key terms of the text are discussed at length and, in addition, separate essays deal with science, function, convention, paradox, vagueness and chaos. Three more specific essays concern sociolinguistic problems of the European Union and the language of a metropolis. The article also includes sections on the author's vocabulary - its multidisciplinary variety, metaphors, redefinitions and connotations, and on the complexity and readability of the text.
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