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A Private Language Argument to elucidate the relation between mind and language
Fraissler, Hannes
2021In Unisinos Journal of Philosophy, 22 (1), p. 48-58
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Keywords :
Private language argument; Wittgenstein; thought/mind and language; reasoning; linguistic relativity; non-linguistic cognition.
Abstract :
[en] I will defend the claim that we need to differentiate between thinking and reasoning in order to make progress in understanding the intricate relation between language and mind. The distinction between thinking and reasoning will allow us to apply a structural equivalent of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument to the domain of mind and language. This argumentative strategy enables us to show that and how a certain subcategory of cognitive processes, namely reasoning, is constitutively dependent on language. The final outcome and claim of this paper can be summarized as follows: We can think without language, but we cannot reason without language. While this still leaves several questions about the relation between mind and language unanswered, I hold that the insights defended in this paper provide the basis and proper framework for further investigation about the relationship between language and the mind.
Disciplines :
Philosophy & ethics
Author, co-author :
Fraissler, Hannes ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM)
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Title :
A Private Language Argument to elucidate the relation between mind and language
Alternative titles :
[pt] Um Argumento da Linguagem Privada para elucidar a relação mente e linguagem
Publication date :
15 March 2021
Event name :
2nd Meeting on Cognition & Language
Event organizer :
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU
Event place :
Uberlândia, Brazil
Event date :
from 2019-11-06 to 2019-11-08
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Journal title :
Unisinos Journal of Philosophy
Special issue title :
2nd Meeting on Cognition and Language
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