Analytic Philosophy

Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language

What is the connection between philosophy of mind and philosophy of language in analytic philosophy?

Their development has been intertwined since the end of the behaviorist explanation of language learning. The new field of cognitive science, which arose from Noam Chomsky’s (1929–) philosophical treatment of linguistics that disproved behaviorism, shows how philosophy of language is connected to philosophy of mind. When Chomsky proved that language learning required innate linguistic capacities, the whole tabula rasa or blank slate theory of mind came tumbling down.


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