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Context for Ford - Uncertainty, Language, Application Tasks

Context for Ford - Uncertainty, Language, Application Tasks

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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Aug 12, 2012
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- Pick up with some more thinking about uncertainty- Pick up where we left off yesterday- 20th Century thought- Applying the knowledge- Some reflection
I talked a lot about the problem of uncertainty yesterday.This was particularly relevant to the ideas of Kant.- remember, how can you and I ever know that we are bothseeing the same colour?This was a problem of perception, which lead to anuncertainty in a universal reality.The problem of uncertainty was made even stickier by agrowing body of philosophy about language.
 The problem of language
We think of language as a stable system of communication -without it, we’d be a little bit screwed.A Swiss man named Ferdinand de Saussure, challenged thisthough.He discussed the problem of the ‘sign’ and the ‘signified’.This developed into skepticism over the stability of language.

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