Tagged: Naming

Meaning, Understanding, & Naming

from Philosophical Investigations         26. One thinks that learning the language consists in giving names to objects. Viz., to human beings, to shapes, to colors, to pains, to moods, to numbers, etc. To repeat–naming is something like attaching a label to a thing. One can say that this is preparatory to the use of a word. But what for? 27. “We name things and then we can talk about them: can refer to them in talk.”–As if what we did next were given with the mere act of naming. As if there were only one thing called “talking about a thing.” Whereas in fact we...