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Circularity: Circularity is an expression for the problem that something cannot be explained by itself. The problem arises, for example, when, in an attempted definition, no independent second expression is found for an object or for the relations of this object to other objects. See also circle, vicious circle principle, totality, wholes, type theory, self-reference.

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Circle: acceptable, as this is a special case of a general phenomenon that arises in connection with the explanation of a linguistic practice. If we re lucky, we can formulate so-called "linguistic rules" which describe the use as if we "would" accept these rules. But this is not just an interesting property of our linguistic practice, but already an explanation of this practice.
In some sense we actually accept these rules implicitly.
This only becomes puzzling if one has to separate the existence of these rules from practice. We’ll have to accept that for the time being.


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H. Paul Grice
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Hg. Georg Meggle Frankfurt/M. 1993


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