You never really think about the alphabet, do you? You just sit there typing everyday… on Facebook, Twitter, your arts2090 blog etc… but never once do you stop to think about the characters you’re using.
The English alphabet, a phonetic alphabet based on the idea of abstraction; the notion of thinking, being and writing more than could be communicated through a pictographic alphabet.
Philosophy would not have occurred without abstract thoughts and they needed the phonetic alphabet – Abstraction leads to philosophy.
Publishing can change the power of concepts and words and the founders of writing were suspicious of this. They realised it could challenge the social order.