Understanding in Language

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI:
 Understanding in Language

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This chapter examines Locke’s theory on language. Since most knowledge depends on views that can be attained only through the intervention of words, Locke came to realize that his inquiry into “what Knowledge the Understanding hath by those Ideas” it “comes to be furnished with” must be prefaced with an investigation of language — the indispensable medium in which so much of human knowledge is framed. The signification of words, the philosophical uses of language, Locke’s critique of essentialism, and mental and verbal propositions are discussed.

Keywords: John Locke; language; words; ideas; essentialism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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