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Question posted on November 20, 2014; 2 responses
The question comes out of an thought experiment which goes like this: Suppose i ask you to choose a random word from English dictionary. And I tell you to find its definition. Now the definition of the word will also...
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Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
What is the essential relationship between rules of grammar and a living language? Is it primarily descriptive or prescriptive? I am fluent in 3 languages, and it seems to me that native speakers, especially in Chinese, rarely know much about...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
Reading Wikipedia and a bit of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, I learn that, for most philosophers today, the distinction betweem analytic and synthetic truths or falsities is no longer acceptable. For them, there are no analytic truths. This rejection...
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Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
I guess some people call almost everything "a language". Is music a language? Is mathematics a language? I really think they aren't, but have no idea on how to explain it. Thank you....
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Question posted on December 19, 2013; 1 response
There was a question recently about whether "language" was necessary for "thought" and no one mentioned music! if I "hear" a tune running through my head, is that "language" and is that "thought"?...
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Question posted on November 28, 2013; 2 responses
Why do so many scholars and intellectuals think that language is necessary for thought? ...
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Question posted on October 3, 2013; 2 responses
Suppose that all the languages in the world have the same number of vocabulary. Is it possible that one language is more superior than another in the way it represents the world, even if they have the same number of...
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Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
Are the intentions of a speaker or writer relevant to determining the meaning of what they say or write? It seems common to suppose so. For example, people will often try to argue for an interpretation of a book by...
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Question posted on September 12, 2013; 2 responses
Can translations ever capture the true essence of the original word? More abstract concepts or ideas such as love, anger, or honor are fundamentally built on cultural and social understanding and context, which may be difficult to be aptly understood...
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Question posted on September 12, 2013; 1 response
Is it reasonable to claim that a particular language is more superior than another in terms of the way it captures reality, for instance, by having a wider vocabulary than others? ...
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Question posted on August 29, 2013; 1 response
Are definitions always human made? If so, do they not exist on non-human planets?...
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Question posted on July 25, 2013; 1 response
Is the statement, "the only rule is that there are no rules" the same in meaning as "there are no rules"? Why would a person ever necessarily use the first statement?...
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Question posted on July 11, 2013; 2 responses
Why are counterfactual claims taken seriously by philosophers? Aren't they just an imaginative way of thinking and talking? For example, why is a counterfactual of the form "If it had been the case that A, then it would...
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Question posted on June 13, 2013; 1 response
Wikipedia has an interesting (for me, at least) definition of question: "A question is a linguistic expression used to make a request for information, or the request made using such an expression." This means that there are two senses of...
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Question posted on June 7, 2013; 1 response
One can say something mixing words from two languages (say, English and Ukrainian), and make good, clear and exact sense. One can even mix parts of words, or structures, and make perfect sense. My problem is that such an invented...
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Question posted on May 15, 2013; 1 response
For a philosophy student, what is the best language to learn? Particulary, a student interested in moral and political philosophy, and epistemology too. I think is english, and that's why I'm already learning it. If I'm right, what is the...
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Question posted on March 29, 2013; 1 response
Isn't racist to find the word "nigger" racist? As in when it's merely said around you and not directed towards you. When someone calls another an "asshole," there isn't a normally a particular ethnicity that comes to mind -- yet...
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Question posted on March 15, 2013; 1 response
My question concerns whether or not questions should be taken into consideration in understanding the answers to those questions. Let's take the following question and answer as an example: Q: What time are you leaving for your lecture today? A:...
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Question posted on February 21, 2013; 1 response
I read in one of my dad's linguistic books that some languages have exactly three basic color words: black, white, and red. I wondered if this meant that for the people who speak these languages, everything that is not black...
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Question posted on February 7, 2013; 1 response
Does complex and conventional language hamper the growth of true understanding in philosophy? ...
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