Logocentrism: Ptolemy of Language, 2006
The digital image Ptolemy of Language by Jolanta Lapiak describes logocentrism (works by philosopher Derrida) in summary. The term logocentrism basically "positioned aural-orality at the centre of discourse on language." Logocentrism is responsible for condescending writing (and sign language) as inferior to speech.
Ptolemy of Language, 2006 by Jolanta Lapiak.
"In the image Ptolemy of Language, earth in the mouth serves as the Ptolemaic worldview, which dominated medieval thought, that positioned earth at the centre of the universe in the same way I relate it to logocentrism that positioned aural-orality at the centre of discourse on language.
"The sun in one eye, like Greek lumen, represents the ancient Greek logos (speech, thought, reason, truth, etc.) which establishes its center, whereas the other eye in its blind spot pushes other languages to the margins.
"Blindness and deafness in relation to language are strangely interrelated. This shows the relationship between vision and blind in language over the period of history, in which it privileges the metaphor of blind (a metonym for word) over deafness (a metonym for visual). This has been a logocentric blind spot in language.
"In a parable, the Zen master poured tea in a cup. The guest exclaimed, "you are overflowing it." The master replied, "how can I teach you if your mind is not emptied first?" Logocentrism has been continously flowing till the works of Derrida dismantled the age-old philosophies, paving away logos."
Lapiak, Jolanta. "Logocentrism: Ptolemy of Language". www.i8media.com. Reprint permission.