Please join us for the Gifford Lecture 'Can we say what we like? Language, freedom and determinism'.
Second lecture in the "Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language" series by Rowan Williams, Lord Williams of Oystermouth.
If speech is a physical act, is it ultimately something we must think of as part of a pre-determined material system?
It is difficult to state this without contradiction. Indeed, once we recognise the unstable relationship between what we say and the environment we are seeking to put into words, we cannot treat speech as simply another physical process. Further, we cannot ignore the way in which speech is 'bound' to stimuli that it does not originate (if we did, we could have no conception of what a mistake or a lie was).
We use our language in order to enhance or refine our skill at living in a world that both demands understanding and invites us into the awareness of an unconditioned intelligent energy.
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