Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Language, philosophy: language is a set of phonetic or written coded forms fixed at a time for the exchange of information or distinctions within a community whose members are able to recognize and interpret these forms as signs or symbols. In a wider sense, language is also a sign system, which can be processed by machines. See also communication, language rules, meaning, meaning change, information, signs, symbols, words, sentences, syntax, semantics, grammar, pragmatics, translation, interpretation, radical interpretation, indeterminacy.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Norbert Bolz, Willem van Reijen, Walter Benjamin Frankfurt 1991

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Language/Benjamin: language is not primarily a means of communication, but the medium in which the world is revealed to us.
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Language/Benjamin: BenjaminVsEquality of language and communication: Language is not pronouncing thoughts. There is nothing that is not in some sense language.
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Language/Benjamin: Form of all existing, all existing communicates. The communication through the word is only a special case of language. But this does not mean that the mental being is identical with the linguistic communication.
Language: there is an unbreakable contrast between linguistic and mental being. The language communicates itself.
We must distinguish between "thing" and "language thing".
Language: language is not identical with "language at all".
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Language/Hamann: "Language is the mother of reason and revelation, its most important thing". > Benjamin.
Names: Jewish custom: everyone has a secret name.
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Language/Benjamin: Grief and melancholy make speechless, but precisely this speechlessness can represent the essence of language.

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