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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Patrick Dunn <pdunn@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 3:24
And Rosta wrote:

> > Given the view of language as a tool, which is not illegitimate > (and not even impoverished, if we hold that it is a poetical > tool and a tool for embodying culture), then as with any tool > it is possible to articulate a set of criteria to gauge how > well a given design succeeds in performing the functions the > tool is to serve.
But the problem is, language *isn't* a tool. A telephone is a tool. A writing system is a tool. But a language is no more a tool than my foot is a tool: it's a part of what it means to be human. Even if you don't buy Chomsky (and I don't, completely), it's hard to get away from the fact that language is at least somewhat inherent.


And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Rik <rik@...>