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ABSTRACT. There has been a long tradition of characterizing man as the animal that talks. However, the remarkable ability of using pictures also only belongs to human beings, after all we know empirically so far. Are there conceptual reasons for that coincidence? The paper is dedicated to a philosophical programme of concept-genetic considerations dealing in particular with the dependencies between those two abilities: The conceptual relation between the competence to use assertive language and the faculty of employing pictures must be conceived of as being much closer than usually expected. Indeed we conclude there cannot be creatures with only one of them. (pp. 144–181)

Keywords: Jonas, picture, anthropology, language, concept, faculty

 

JÖRG R.J. SCHIRRA
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Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg
KLAUS SACHS-HOMBACH
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Chemnitz University of Technology

 
 
 

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