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The Ideal Language Project and the Non‐discrete

Henry Laycock

in Words without Objects

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281718
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603594 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281718.003.0006
The Ideal Language Project and the Non‐discrete

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The notion of an ‘ideal language’ or ‘concept-script’ is explicated and defended, and constraints upon formal systems imposed by the ideal of transparency are explored. It is argued that non-singular symbolisms, including non-singular variables, largely fail to satisfy such constraints. In general, the semantics of non-singular expressions do not transparently reflect the corresponding ontic categories. The conditions for the possibility of transparent non-singular assertions, freed from the concept of identity, are briefly explored. The questionable influence within philosophy of the ‘Classical’ Weltanschaung is highlighted.

Keywords: transparency; systematically misleading expressions; ontic categories; identity; identity-involving reference

Chapter.  13794 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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