[quickphilosophy] Re: An Anscombe Error Regarding Negation?

  • From: wittrsl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: wittrsl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 12:18:46 -0700 (PDT)

Interesting.  Is it fundamentally different, though, from the jpeg 
"language" that is "spoken" by the average digital camera?

You're right to emphasize the plurality of linguistic possibilities. 
But I have to wonder whether "the world" is really a candidate for an 
isomorphic relationship with language.

> In effect, NASA does use something like a picture-theory language for
> sending back reports from unmanned space missions. And they do seem to
> solve something.
> Let me expand a bit on my earlier comments. As you said, a picture
> theory seems to imply that there is an isomorphism between linguistic
> expression and the world. And this would seem to imply a fixed
> isomorphism. It seems to me that the mind engages in inventing new
> isomorphisms. There is perhaps some sense in the idea that language is
> a composite of many parts, with different isomorphisms for each part,
> and that we make up suitable isomorphisms as we go along.
> Regards,
> Neil


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