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Human Language

Desmond M. Clarke

in Descartes's Theory of Mind

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261239
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199261237.003.0007
 Human Language

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Natural signs that express emotions, such as laughing or crying, are not limited to human animals. For Descartes, even machines could learn and use a limited language for responding, predictably, to stimuli. The flexibility provided by conventional signs, by abstraction, and by its associated rationality allows for unpredictable responses to stimuli.

Keywords: abstraction; conventional signs; natural signs; rationality

Chapter.  11045 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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