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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Rik <rik@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 20:11
On Wednesday 22 January 2003 3:15 am, you wrote:
> 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. >
I've come to the conclusion that language is the sonic equivalent of the endocrine system <ducks> Rik, knee deep