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de Looze, Laurence

The Letter and the Cosmos: How the Alphabet has Shaped the Western View of the World

288 pp., 6" x 9", 52 illustrations, $70.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, $24.95 ebook, CIP included

June 2016

University of Toronto Press

More than just a way of writing, the alphabet is a powerful concept that has shaped Western civilization and our daily lives. In The Letter and the Cosmos, Laurence de Looze probes that influence, showing how the alphabet has served as a lens through which we conceptualize the world and how the world, and sometimes the whole cosmos, has been perceived as a kind of alphabet itself. Beginning with the ancient Greeks, he traces the use of alphabetic letters and their significance from Plato to postmodernism, offering a fascinating tour through Western history.

ISBN 9781442650602 (c.), ISBN 9781442628533 (p.), ISBN 9781442624122 (e.)



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