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Reid on the priority of natural language

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2020

John Turri*
Affiliation:
Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L3G1, Canada

Abstract

Thomas Reid distinguished between natural and artificial language and argued that natural language has a very specific sort of priority over artificial language. This paper critically interprets Reid's discussion, extracts a Reidian explanatory argument for the priority of natural language, and places Reid's thought in the broad tradition of Cartesian linguistics.

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Mind, Language, Metaphysics
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Copyright © The Authors 2011

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