Posts from the “Language” Category

March 7th – On Cultural Relativism And Culture

One of the more useful documents I’ve found on the topic of cultural relativism is this one, by Wood:

In philosophy courses I often encounter people who say things like this: “What anyone believes is true for that person. What you believe is true for you, what I believe is true for me.” The view expressed in such statements is usually called “relativism”. This view denies that there is any such thing as absolute truth and claims that all truth is relative to the person who believes it.

Read the whole article here, or download as Word document here.

March 4th – Introduction To Philosophy Of Language

From the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy:

Philosophical interest in language, while ancient and enduring (see Language, ancient philosophy ofLanguage, medieval theories ofLanguage, Renaissance philosophy ofLanguage, early modern philosophy of), has blossomed anew in the past century. There are three key historical sources of the current interest, and three intellectual concerns which sustain it.

Philosophers nowadays often aspire to systematic and even mathematically rigorous accounts of language; these philosophers are in one way or another heirs to Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the logical positivists, who strove to employ rigorous accounts of logic and of meaning in attempts to penetrate, and in some cases to dispel, traditional philosophical questions (see Logical positivism). Contemporary philosophers, too, are often attentive to the roles that philosophically interesting words (like ‘know’, ‘true’, ‘good’ and ‘free’) play in ordinary linguistic usage; these philosophers inherit from ‘ordinary language philosophers’, including G.E. Moore, J.L. Austin and again Wittgenstein, the strategy of finding clues to deep philosophical questions through scrutiny of the workaday usage of the words in which the philosophical questions are framed (see Ordinary language philosophy).

Introduction To Semantics and Pragmatics – from

An Introduction to Semantics – from

Introduction to Semantics – Introductory article by Richard Spencer-Smith.

Russell’s Theory of Descriptions – by Thomas C Ryckman

Private language – Entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.