This briskly written little book rigorously establishes that in order to be able to use language, it is necessary to be able to think and, consequently, that linguistic ability is not constitutive of cognitive ability. But it is also explained why it is that linguistic ability so greatly enhanced cognitive ability. Wittgenstein's famous Private Language and Rule Following Arguments are assiduously analyzed and decisively refuted. At the same time, so Kuczynski demonstrates, a viable analysis of the relationship between language and thought can be understood in terms of the shortcomings of these two arguments.
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best philosphical work of the last 100 years
maybe something by Michael Dummett
hands down, the part where he is talking about the reasons why linguistic competence enhances cognitive competence
'in consciousness, otherwise mutually isolated streams of cognition converge'
I like the part about conscious images being comparable to computer desktop icons. plus, the author really understand Wittgenstein.
Made me think
Language presupposes thought.
The analysis of the cognitive role of consciousness
too long for that, too much information for one sitting
a profound book