oa Alternation - Introduction

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Ben Kruger develops his argument historically, tracing developments on 'the language of thought' or how scholars have attempted to articulate and explain what the relationship is between language and mind, so to speak. He does this in six sections. In the first, he treats the Enlightenment ideal of doing away with all presupposition and the development of pure scientific thought and how this understanding evolved into the postulation of the 'language of thought'. This corresponds to the later view that mind and body stand in a relationship similar to the computer program and the physical computer hardware from within which it is used. It is only possible to comprehend what the programme can do by looking at how it functions as program and not by looking at the hardware. In his next sections, he then exposes the limits of functionalism, and then treats other scholarly contributions to this evolving discourse, such as the 'phenomenology of thought', 'embodied thought' and 'language as expression'.

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