The Picture Theory of Language: A Philosophical Investigation into the Genesis of Meaning

The Picture Theory of Language: A Philosophical Investigation into the Genesis of Meaning

By: John Roscoe (author)Hardback

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This work is intended to challenge Frege's "Begriffsschrift" as the foundation of philosophical work which either uses formal methods or is inspired by them. Whilst it is emphatically not a work of Wittgensteinian scholarship, it attempts the synthesis of the antithetical ideas associated with Wittgenstein, the Picture-Theory, and the language-game conceived as the ultimate level of explanation. The games with which it is concerned are not language-games played with a language already instituted, but rather language-making games in the playing of which a language comes into being. These games are played with pictures, the only natural source of meaning. In the course of play meaning is extracted from elaborate pictures by a process related to Kant's schematization and exploiting (again following a suggestion from Kant) the homogeneity of symbols and simple drawings. Frege's artefact is rejected as merely a pseudo-language, parasitic upon natural language, and for that reason of no use in understanding the essence of Language; what is offered instead is a real language, Picture-Writing, which is autonomous from all natural language and so (being as it is our own artefact and thereby entirely intelligible) apt for showing us the nature of Language.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773448292
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780773448292
  • ISBN10: 0773448292

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