Monday, November 7, 2011

Language And Thought

As I move through The New Leviathan there is one thing that troubles me.

Which is Collingwood's claim that thought is always accompanied by language.

I don't know if I buy this.

Thinkers like Guy Claxton claim that thought does not require language. That Descartes' famous phrase 'I think, therefore, I am' should be reformulated as 'I act, therefore, I think'.

What, precisely, is thought?

What do we mean when we talk about thought?

I'm not sure. But for some reason Collingwood is explicitly claiming that thought and language go hand in hand, are inseparable.

I'm not so sure.

I should look at Heidegger's What Is Called Thinking? I already own a copy of it. And the title couldn't be more appropriate for my concern, right?

Oh well.

I'll sort this out at some point.

But the relationship between action, 'thought', and intellect is a complex one that awaits me.

I feel great about that journey though.

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