Organon F

Volume 26, August 2019, Issue 4, Pages 572–596

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

Research Article

Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges

Matej Drobňák 


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.


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

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Matej Drobňák


University of Hradec Králové


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


About this article


20 July 2018


5 December 2018

Published online

14 March 2019


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Drobňák, M. (2019). Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges. Organon F26(4), 572–596.


Drobňák, Matej. 2019. "Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges." Organon F 26 (4): 572–596.


Drobňák, M. (2019). Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges. Organon F, 26(4), pp. 572–596.

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