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Language/Locke/Black: to transmit thoughts - (ideas).
Locke I 33
Language/Locke: 1. recording - 2. communication of thoughts - 3. ease and speed of communication - language also prerequisite for society.
Language/Locke/Euchner: today: Locke fails to recognize the irreducible linguistic basics of empirical perception - but the correction has already been created: to include also abstract and general ideas among the empirically given, of which each reconstruction of knowledge must start> position.
Language/knowledge/LockeVsPascal/VsPort Royal/Arndt: 1. no necessary relations between concepts - 2. It is not clear how their content determination leads to mind independent objects - Language/Descartes/Pascal: subsequent codifying of objects - Locke: actual constitution of objects.
linguistic expression/Locke: "nodes" in which ideas, summarized in the mind, find their stable expression - we must refrain from words and look at meanings - but the ideas are something almost finished - Arndt: problem: then indicators more representative than synthetically - words: signify directly the idea, objects only indirectly.
ideas/meaning/Locke: analysis of ideas identical to the analysis of the meanings - language: not only a means of communication but also of knowledge - clarity/LockeVsDescartes: in his view bound to naming. - Presupposes the possibility of clear signification.
II 199 Language: is signifier at the same time and presupposes objectivity.
Language/Locke: is already finished: no one creates the abstract idea "fame" before he has heard the name - so independence of the mixed modes of the existence of the signified - thus one can understand names before they were applied to existing things (!) - E.g. so punishments can be established for not yet committed acts - punch line: dependence on community is result of the independence of the existence of the signified - translation: problem: nominal essence: change from community to community - language ultimately relates to particular therefore we learn name first.
Saussure I 34
Language/Locke: These words are signs of ideas in consciousness - ideas in turn are signs for objects outside of consciousness.
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Bedeutung und Intention
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, G. Meggle (Hg), Frankfurt/M 1979
Sprache München 1973
The Prevalence of Humbug Ithaca/London 1983