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Analogy of the Game as a Response to the Problem of Language (a Thesis by Sem. Leo Andrew Diego)

Analogy of the Game as a Response to the Problem of Language (a Thesis by Sem. Leo Andrew Diego)

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This is a lengthy thesis which is a requirement for a bachelor's degree major in philosophy. this thesis delves with the problems of language such as misundertanding, confusion and misinterpretation. The Game is used as a presupposition to attain how language should be understood. The concept of language-game is introduced in this research work. It is an interesting and triggering research that ignited the curiosity of those persons who has the passion to read about linguistic philosophy in general.
This is a lengthy thesis which is a requirement for a bachelor's degree major in philosophy. this thesis delves with the problems of language such as misundertanding, confusion and misinterpretation. The Game is used as a presupposition to attain how language should be understood. The concept of language-game is introduced in this research work. It is an interesting and triggering research that ignited the curiosity of those persons who has the passion to read about linguistic philosophy in general.

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THE STUDY
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 The feeling of wonder is the touchstone of thephilosopher, and all philosophy has its origin in wonder.
--Plato
Philosophy is a way of life. It aims at the development of thetotality of a person, the way he thinks and the way he lives. In man’sordinary ways of doing things, he has his own stances and views,convictions and reasons. He strains to be somebody else, to be strong ad perhaps even a hero. And philosophy is man’s associate in this life long journey.
--Paul Ragunjan
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once containsthe trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquest Languageis the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquest. It is one of the mostamazing things that we are capable of.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
CHAPTER ONE
 
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THE PROBLEM AND ITS SCOPEINTRODUCTION
Man is a history-in-the-making. He has rational and instinctual abilities. Through theseabilities, he can “make” himself by actualizing his latent potentialities. This is shown through theremarkable history from the ancient up to his contemporary times. This history is a story of howman developed himself. Philosophy has played a vital role in all these.
Man defines his identitythrough his actions.
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His actions are manifestations of his character and values. Man creates hisown story. Minerals like gold, diamonds and other precious stones do not make it. Animals liketigers and lions do not care about it. They merely rely on their instinct for existence. Man is theonly being that can create his own history and be conscious of it. This proves that man is basicallya gregarious historical being. He lives in history. And history is the product of the undying processof philosophical progress of man’s thoughts. What makes history possible is the existence of cognizing subjects capable of understanding themselves and the objective world. What makeshistory possibly understandable is the thing with which social groups agree to be true because of the certain level of harmony and coherence of thought. As man makes history, he uses language ashis tool along his philosophical journey. As he travels on the road of history and on his life, he philosophizes.
 Philosophy is a way of life
.
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In knowing ourselves and the mysteries of life, we encounter the necessity of philosophy. Based on its etymological definition, philosophy is a love of wisdom. This is essentially true because our knowledge is the application of wisdom and can beconsidered as experiential. As a consequence, we as knower and lovers of wisdom could be
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Pope John Paul II,
The Acting Person
, ed. Thomas Bergmann, (Italy: Trandenson University Press, 1992), p. 253.
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Agustin Basave Fernandez Del Valle,
Towards an Integral Philosophy of Man
, vol. 2 (New York: FordhamUniversity Press, 1965), p.18.
 
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transformed to become truly human. In this way, we can prove that philosophy is not a meretheoretical abstraction but is something that can be put into practice.Man’s endeavors are manifestations of his philosophy. Philosophy serves as a roadmapwhich guides man. The life of man is like a journey. In this journey, he is offered withinnumerable possibilities. These possibilities can either lead him towards meaningful existenceor towards meaninglessness. If man fails to philosophize, he cannot determine correctly his priorities. Unless he use his reason, man will not be able to find any meaning in what he isdoing. It is through philosophizing that man can attain the fullness of life. Hence, philosophy can be at the service of humanity as a whole.Plato and Aristotle, two immortal Greek thinkers whose thoughts have tremendouslyinfluenced human thinking until today, claimed that philosophy begins in wonder. Aristotle putsit best when he said:For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize; they wondered originally at the obvious difficulties, then advance little bylittle to strain their minds over the greater perplexities, such as the changes of the moonand sun, the stars and the origin of the universe. And a man who is puzzled andwondering sees himself as ignorant. For all man begin, as we said by wondering thatthings are as they are.
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Wonder is the beginning, the point of departure and the origin of philosophicalexplorations. Every individual, irrespective of his or her nationality, creed, color and languagestarts to philosophize after wondering about the mysteries of existence. How can the feeling of wonder motivate man to philosophize?Man’s curiosity triggers him to pose questions and seek for answers. Man has insatiablethirst for knowledge. The search for knowledge will continue until man reaches the ultimate
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Florentino T. Timbreza,
Quest for Meaning 
.(Philippines: New Day Publishers, 2000), p.2.

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