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The Dallas Examined Life Philosophy Group Monthly Meetup

  • Jun 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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TOPIC: The Philosophy of Language

We have no choice but to convey our thoughts through the use of language. The idea of even having a philosophy without a language seems alien to us. Indeed, to some the idea of thought without language seems impossible. Language is no small part of what makes us human. For this reason, we will be exploring the relationship between language and philosophy. Philosophy of language is concerned with four central problems: the nature of meaning, language use, language cognition, and the relationship between language and reality. The last of these could easily be a topic all on it's own as it concerns the structure and function of logic in linguistic terms. As such, I suggest we focus on the first three.



1. What does it mean to "mean" something? Define meaning. How is meaning discovered? How do we convey meaning?

2. What is the purpose of language? Why do we use it? How do we use it?

3. Is language necessary for cognition, or does it merely help? Is it innate, learned, or both? Are all aspects of language necessary for cognition, are aspects of cognition necessary for language, or are there underlying mental capabilities which are merely commonly necessary for both?


Location and Price:

This meetup will be just outside the cafe inside Half-Price Books (near the fish tank and crystal display). There is also a suggested (but by no means mandatory) $2 donation to help cover the cost of maintaining this meetup group.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    im going to say yes now, but i dont know for sure, as i have other plans that is at an indefinite time that day.

    June 10, 2013

  • Sally R.

    Hate to miss this one...

    June 7, 2013

  • Sally R.

    So sorry to have to miss this time. Hope to make the next one!

    June 7, 2013

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