What Do I Know When I Know a Language?

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI:
What Do I Know When I Know a Language?

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Is the knowledge of language exhausted by a practical ability to employ the language on a certain occasion, or rather it should explain that practical ability? The knowledge of language is distinguished from other typical practical abilities by being a conscious process. It is, however, not a code concealing thoughts at some deeper level. The study of thoughts is conducted via the study of language. Any implicit knowledge of meaning is to be manifested in the actual use of the language.

Keywords: Fregemanifestation challenge; meaning; practical ability; thought

Chapter.  6446 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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