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Single Idea 16012

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 5. Linguistic Analysis]

Full Idea

If the claim of philosophers to be unbiased were all it pretends to be, it would have to take account of language and its significance...Language is partly given and partly develops freely. As individuals cannot be truly independent, so too with language.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy can't be unbiased if it ignores language, as that is no more independent than individuals are


Søren Kierkegaard (The Journals of Kierkegaard [1850], 1840.07.18)

Book Reference

Kierkegaard,Søren: 'A Kierkegaard Anthology', ed/tr. Bretall,Robert [Princeton 1946], p.12

A Reaction

A surprisingly prophetic entry from Kierkegaard anticipating the linguistic turn. [SY]