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Ways of Worldmaking

reviewed by Epi Wiese - 1982

coverTitle: Ways of Worldmaking
Author(s): Nelson Goodman
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Indianapolis
ISBN: 0915144514, Pages: , Year: 1978
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Perhaps no puzzle in philosophy has attracted more attention over the past hundred years than the phenomenon of language. Scientists, psychologists, artists, philosophers, and linguists have become increasingly concerned with how we interpret what we call experience, to ourselves and to each other. Closely linked with problems of expression, communication, and translation is the effort to find truth, to grasp some fundamental structure that might explain our world. In Ways of Worldmaking, Nelson Goodman, Harvard professor of philosophy, challenges the basic assumption. There is no single framework, he says, no one language that can convey fully the way things are. Instead there are countless languages, symbol systems, for we cannot know anything apart from the language by which we encode it. The ways of structuring experience are as varied as human activity: physics, mathematics, the arts, and ordinary talk are all ways of shaping an intelligible world. No one of them... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 83 Number 3, 1982, p. 490-491
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 756, Date Accessed: 6/6/2020 6:00:30 PM

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