2019-01Thematic Section
Aspects of the Transcendental Phenomenology of Language


Transcendental Phenomenology of language wrestles with the relationship of language to mind’s manifestation of being. Of special interest is the sense in which language is, like one’s embodiment, a medium of manifestation. Not only does it permit sharing the world because words as worldly things embody meanings that can be the same for everyone; not only does speaking manifest to others the common world from the speaker’s perspective; but also speaking, as a meaning to say, may achieve the manifestation of the world also for the speaker herself. This requires finding the right words to form true propositions in a well-formed sentences. The manifest telos of proposition-rendering sentences is adumbrated and founded in the infant’s elemental formation of simple phonemic identity syntheses and syntax. This instinctual dynamism is founded in what Husserl names “the idea of truth” which supports the thesis of a universal language instinct.


Husserl, Sokolowski, manifestation, truth, teleology, proposition, instinct

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Hart, James G. “Aspects of the Transcendental Phenomenology of Language.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 3, no. 1(7) (2019): 6–29. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0002.


James G. Hart (Professor Emeritus)
Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences, Sycamore Hall 230, 1033 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7005, USA


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