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Single Idea 17651

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

Full Idea

We can have words without a world but no world without words or other symbols.

Gist of Idea

Without words or other symbols, we have no world


Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking [1978], 1.3)

Book Reference

Goodman,Nelson: 'Ways of Worldmaking' [Hackett 1984], p.6

A Reaction

Goodman seems to have a particularly extreme version of the commitment to philosophy as linguistic. Non-human animals have no world, it seems.

Related Idea

Idea 17652 Truth is irrelevant if no statements are involved [Goodman]