The emergence of thought

Erkenntnis 51 (1):511-21 (1999)
Abstract
A phenomenon “emerges” when a concept is instantiated for the first time: hence emergence is relative to a set of concepts. Propositional thought and language emerge together. It is proposed that the degree of complexity of an object language relative to a given metalanguage can be gauged by the number of ways it can be translated into that metalanguage: in analogy with other forms of measurement, the more ways the object language can be translated into the metalanguage, the less powerful the conceptual resources of the object language.
Keywords Concept  Emergence  Epistemology  Language  Metalanguage  Thought
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