Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Is Natural Language Philosophically Relevant?



Chris Tillman said...

Unfortunately my link above does not link to the post with comments. Several comments worth thinking about have already been made. So check it out: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2007/09/is-natural-lang.html#comments

Jay Christie said...

Is this blog entry asserting:
(1) because a natural language has distinct words x and y, this gives evidence that x and y are metaphysically different things.
-A very bold statement

If so, what motivates this? Beyond Hannah Arendt's say so of course. It's not clear to me how this methodology differs (in an acceptable way with respect to confirmation) from that of the methodology of intuitions.

Jay Christie said...

Note: if the motivations for this are in the readings which I have not yet been assigned and am not yet aware of, just say so.