Language, world, and structure

Pentti Määttänen


The principle that meaning is use can be applied not only to linguistic
expressions. Generally this amounts to a wide notion of meaning according to
which objects of perception are interpreted to be meaningful entities by virtue
of habitual activities associated with them. From the viewpoint of a soft
version of naturalism the world is experienced as distinct meaningful entities
also independently the ability to use natural language. This is based on
non-linguistic meanings that are cannot be conventional in the same sense as
linguistic expressions.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; semiotics; non-verbal meaning; habit; naturalism

Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.