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Organon F

2019, Pages 1–25

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges

Matej Drobňák

DOI (to be assigned)

Abstract

The idea that natural languages are shared by speakers within linguistic communities is often taken for granted. Several philosophers even take the notion of shared language as fundamental and that allows them to use it in further explanations. However, to justify the claim that speakers share a language, it should be possible to demarcate the shared language somehow. In this paper, I discuss: A) the explanatory role which the notion of shared language can play, and B) a strategy for demarcating shared languages from within the linguistic production of speakers. The aim of this paper is to show that the indeterminate nature of meaning in natural languages problematizes the intuitive idea of natural languages as shared.

Keywords

Communitarism; indeterminacy of meaning; metasemantics; pragmatics; shared language.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Matej Drobňák

Affiliation

University of Hradec Králové

Address

Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Philosophical Faculty, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

E-mail

matej.drobnak@gmail.com 

About this article

Received

20 July 2018

Accepted

5 December 2018

Published online

14 March 2019

Publishers

Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as

Drobňák, M. (2019). Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges. Organon F, 1–25. https://www.organonf.com/journal/orgf-2019-26402

Copyright information

© Matej Drobňák

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