Category Archives: Innate Ideas

Infinite Uses → Finite Means

The idea that a language is based on a system of rules determining the interpretation of its infinitely many sentences is by no means novel.  Well over a century ago, it was expressed with reasonable clarity by Wilhelm von Humboldt in … Continue reading

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Meno Meno Tekel Upharsin

Re: Theodora Goss Can we ever become what we weren’t in eternity? Can we ever learn what we weren’t born knowing? Can we ever share what we never had in common? Lately I’ve begun to see that these ancient riddles … Continue reading

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