Tag Archives: Philosophy of Language

WHY DID GÖDEL’S INCOMPLETENESS THEOREM BECOME SO FAMOUS OUTSIDE MATHEMATICS?

This question is actually the reverse of what should be asked about this Theorem: why is it so famous within mathematics? Answers by mathematicians to this question assume their conceptual math problems are at the heart of this Theorem and thus ridicule its application to conceptual problems of formal logical explanations for anything else. This […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CODE AND LANGUAGE?

In the simplest of terms, code is not language and language is not code even though informally sometimes code is incorrectly called “computer language”. Neither the computer nor any linked community of computers such as the internet speaks a language; humans represent language information in their use of computers through code they invent and create […]

SUBSTITUTION QUANTIFICATION

Reified formulas are supposed to be a technique for transforming into and for explaining the meaning of natural language sentences through quantification logic syntax and semantics. Whether such a transformation is possible is itself a dispute in philosophy. This dispute is sometimes referenced as a distinction between Platonic and nominalist interpretations of syntax or semantics. […]

A WITTGENSTEINIAN SOLUTION TO THE SORITES PARADOX

I. Prologue There are only a few papers arguing a solution for the Sorites Paradox based on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (“PI”) and related writings. This is understandable for two reasons: 1) Wittgenstein never mentions the Sorites though he must have known about it because he spends considerable effort contemplating vagueness and the problems it poses […]