Meaning and mind: Wittgenstein's relevance for the ‘Does Language Shape Thought?’ debate

Proudfoot, Diane (2009) Meaning and mind: Wittgenstein's relevance for the ‘Does Language Shape Thought?’ debate. New Ideas in Psychology, 27 2: 163-183. doi:10.1016/j.newideapsych.2008.04.012


Author Proudfoot, Diane
Title Meaning and mind: Wittgenstein's relevance for the ‘Does Language Shape Thought?’ debate
Journal name New Ideas in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0732-118X
1873-3522
Publication date 2009-08-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2008.04.012
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 183
Total pages 21
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper explores the relevance of Wittgenstein's philosophical psychology for the two major contemporary approaches to the relation between language and cognition. As Pinker describes it, on the 'Standard Social Science Model' language is 'an insidious shaper of thought'. According to Pinker's own widely-shared alternative view, 'Language is the magnificent faculty that we use to get thoughts from one head to another'. I investigate Wittgenstein's powerful challenges to the hypothesis that language is a device for communicating independently constituted (or individuated) thoughts. I argue that Wittgenstein offers instead a subtle version of the thesis that language determines thought.
Keyword Consciousness
Language
Linguistic determinism
Representation
Wittgenstein
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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