Texts Do Not Reflect Outer Reality. What Do They Do Then?

Krzysztof Abriszewski


The question “what do the scientific texts do?” is one of the aspects of the problem of language-reality relation. A realistic philosopher would say that the texts reflect outer reality. In my text, I argue, that this position is undefendable. I use four general models and several empirical observations from Science Studies to support my claim. While rejecting the mirroring metaphor, I propose four different metaphors that could help to answer the initial question: network assembling, reference circulating in circuits, activating and dis-activating, and representing.


20th century philosophy; linguistics; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; dualism; language; language word relation; outer reality; realism; science; scientific text; text

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