Non-Cognitivism, and Charles Stevenson

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Reconstructo
 
Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 05:01 pm
@fast,
fast;113911 wrote:


Nonverbal communication can play an important role in our interpretation of what another means by what one says (especially when one doesn't mean what they say), but I don't think nonverbal communication should alter our understanding of what a word actually means.



Whether a person has a gun in their hand is going to change our interpretation of their words. Whether a woman is taking her clothes off is going to change our interpretation of her words. Whether we are at someone's funeral or birthday party is going to change our interpretation of what is said about them.

Gallows humor is more impressive on the gallows.
 
Quinn phil
 
Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 05:29 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;113915 wrote:
Whether a person has a gun in their hand is going to change our interpretation of their words. Whether a woman is taking her clothes off is going to change our interpretation of her words. Whether we are at someone's funeral or birthday party is going to change our interpretation of what is said about them.

Gallows humor is more impressive on the gallows.


Have you read Ludwig Wittgenstein's "The Blue and Brown Books?"
 
Reconstructo
 
Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 03:13 am
@Quinn phil,
Quinn;113924 wrote:
Have you read Ludwig Wittgenstein's "The Blue and Brown Books?"


No, not yet. Read Investigations and Tractatus and quotes and interpretations by Richard Rorty. Also a couple biographies.

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