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date: 09 April 2020

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Nineteenth-century Germanophone philosophy of language divides into three strands: hermeneutic, logical, and critique of language, which are discussed in turn, starting with their eighteenth-century roots. There will also be some compare and contrast, between and within them. The ideas of language as the medium of communication, the glue of society, and a driving force of history are most prominent in the hermeneutic tradition. The idea of language as a source of (philosophical) problems and confusions defines the critique of language, while also playing a role in the logical strand. The idea of language as a resource for resolving such problems and facilitating the quest for knowledge is most evident in the logical strand. The relationship between thought and language has excited all currents roughly equally.

Keywords: Germanophone philosophy of language, Herder, hermeneutics, Humboldt, Bolzano, Frege, Lichtenberg, Nietzsche

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