This article deals with the view of language as a kind of pharmakon in the sense that was introduced into linguistics and philosophy by Plato. This kind of understanding of language reveals not only its positive and creative character, but also its destructive traits. The article presents the changes in the understanding of what traditionally was found to be a language. Starting with Platonian vision of language, through its Derridean explanation, to contemporary specialists dealing with theory of translation process – we follow the evolution of the phenomena that shaped our contemporary thinking about the human being.
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