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Beyond Language

A Philosophical Journey

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Our use of everyday language should be mysterious, but familiarity hides the feeling of mystery.

This book is a brief meditation on the enigmatic  activity of speaking. Building language outward from descriptions of the present moment, the meditation moves through our talk about space and time, to the realm of everyday thinking and science.

But language enriches us further—through communities of meaning (morality, art, mysticism) to transcendence (the universe, God, and self). This meditation repeatedly cycles us from familiarity to wonder—about community, about consciousness, and ultimately about life itself.

Beyond Language is a concise, powerful reflection that has the power to change your relationship to words — and silence — forever. Request your review copy today.

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Praise for Beyond Language

“This Heraclitean-like exploration of language, time, science, relationship, law, and transcendence—written in succinct prose capped with spare, arresting poetry—will lead a reader to self-reflection and to an enriched awareness of reality’s elemental but expansive force. The author’s generous humanity evinces—and evokes—a sense of gratitude ‘for all that is.’”
Patrick Jordan, managing editor emeritus, Commonweal

“Walker fought in Vietnam, completed his PhD in philosophy, trained and practiced law in New York, and retired to work pro bono on behalf of social justice. Beyond Language is his first excursion into literature and poetry. Its key theme is that literature and fine art enable us to explore the limits of the verbal pathways we construct to communicate as social beings, and thereby to understand what exists beyond language. The book itself is an artistic accomplishment.”
K. Sayre, professor emeritus, University of Notre Dame

“Part philosophy of language, part deep personal meditation, Beyond Language is a profound and sensitive exploration of the omnipresence and potency of words. Words define us personally and communally. Through words we encounter systems of law and worlds of artistic expression. Walker teaches us that only through words can we grasp what it is to be human and to seek to approach the infinite.”
Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, and distinguished lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center

“As a philosopher, law professor, and researcher in artificial intelligence, Vern Walker has examined more closely than most how we use language to perform real work in the world. In this fascinating book, Professor Walker extends his view beyond language. Combining poetic expression and analytic prose in this work of experience, knowledge, and beauty, he employs ‘language to demonstrate the limitations of language,’ the most important work language can perform.”
Kevin D. Ashley, author of Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age

About the Author

Vern R. Walker has spent his professional life studying the use of language. A doctorate in philosophy provided the general foundation (in philosophy of language, theory of knowledge, and logic). His law career provided expertise in a specialized language (8 years practicing law, and nearly 30 years teaching it). For the last three decades, he has also developed artificial intelligence applications for processing the language of law (natural language processing). He is the author of many articles on language, meaning, argument, and reasoning in both law and philosophy.

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