Scaffolded Cognition, Basic Mentality and Language: Some nonrepresentationalist insights from the later Wittgenstein

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Building on insights from the later Wittgenstein, this paper thematizes the non-representational basis of human language games. It considers how linguistic activity is enacted as a multifaceted phenomenon that cannot be adequately described solely by means of the central enactivist concepts of „sense-making‟, „participatory sensemaking‟ and „basic minds‟. Rather, the argument goes, the human capacity for partaking in linguistic activity is bound to the faculty of understanding as well as doxastic and protodoxastic attitudes that can be both explicit and implicit in linguistic utterances. The paper shows how such beliefs play a crucial role in allowing linguistically mediated cognition to scaffold social co-engagements. Further, they attest to the success of language-games by conditioning the satisfactory outcome of such games thus allowing not only their unhindered ongoing but also their reoccurrence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)167-177
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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