Philosophy-Language RelationshipDecember 21, 2019
“No matter how much you know, what you say is as much as you can understand.”
Language is the most useful, the most advanced and the most important tool in which people express themselves and communicate with each other. In other words, language is a means of communication, expression and understanding. Without communication and agreement, people cannot come together to form society.
Philosophy is a set of propositions. Since this set of propositions is expressed in language, there is a close relationship between philosophy and language. People make a connection through language. The most important feature of being human is to use “language.. With language, any mental activity is revealed, that is, our mind lives are built on language.
Man is also distinguished from other beings by being “smart-thinking”. There is an intense relationship between thinking and language. The abstract thinking power provided by language is the most important factor in the conceptualization of the reality outside the human being and the relationship with the environment. Our perception of reality is also possible through language. Without language, one could not produce products such as knowledge, technique, art and philosophy. Because of the intense relationship between language and philosophy, language philosophy has emerged.
Philosophy is a set of propositions. Since these propositions are expressed in language, which is a system of symbols, there is a close relationship between philosophy and language. In every situation where the language is used, there are two elements, subject and object. Language, that is, words and propositions, concepts and ideas in the human mind; meaning is the content of the mind symbolized by words and sentences.
Unifying Property of Language
Language; it establishes a unifying connection between man and man, man and other existing things. The most important feature of being human is that it uses “language,. We can define the language as işaretler a system of signs for revealing any mind activity, transferring it from one mind to another ”.
Our mind lives are based on “language.. Man is distinguished from other beings by being “smart-thinking”. There is a close relationship between thinking and language. The relationship between words and thinking is closely related to the mental aspect of language, thinkers and linguists. For if thinking is an event that occurs as a result of the effects of beings on the mind, the words coming out of the mouth are a symbol that replaces the beings and a sign reflecting the process in the mind.
The abstract thinking power provided by language is the most important factor in the conceptualization of the reality outside the human being and the relationship with the environment. Our perception of reality is possible through language.
Language is the most important means of human communication. Without language, one could not have achieved such great achievements as knowledge, technique, art and philosophy. Leibniz points out that language can be the best mirror of the human mind while emphasizing the qualities of language, and that a full analysis of word meanings can show how the mind works better than anything else. According to Leibniz, the fact that the language and words of a nation are clear and comprehensible makes the members of that nation capable of thinking superior and original.
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and Giriş Introduction to Sociology ”Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Other Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM)