Toward a Bio-Cognitive Philosophy of Language

Kravchenko, Prof. A.V. (2002) Toward a Bio-Cognitive Philosophy of Language. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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It is argued that the theoretical and conceptual tangle in which linguistics finds itself at the turn of the century, is rooted in the methodological inadequacies of traditional (Cartesian) philosophy. A holistic approach, sustained by the accumulated empirical evidence and supported by the new epistemology of autopoiesis, is proposed, whereby language is viewed as adaptive functional activity based on an organism’s experience of the environment to which the organism stands in a relation of mutual causality.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:epistemology, autopoiesis, holism, language function
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Epistemology
ID Code:4002
Deposited By:Kravchenko, Professor Alexander
Deposited On:28 Dec 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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