Linguistic Communication versus Understanding

Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (Philippine e-journal) 78 (1):71-84 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It is a common wisdom that linguistic communication is different from linguistic understanding. However, the distinction between communication and understanding is not as clear as it seems to be. It is argued that the relationship between linguistic communication and understanding depends upon the notions of understanding and communication involved. Thinking along the line of propositional understanding and informative communication, communication can be reduced to mutual understanding. In contrast, operating along the line of hermeneutic understanding and dialogical communication, the process of understanding is in essence a process of communication. However, dialogical communication should not be confused with propositional understanding. Conversely, hermeneutic understanding should not be confused with informative communication either. The former is dialogical in nature while the latter is monological

Similar books and articles

On systematically distorted communication.Jürgen Habermas - 1970 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 13 (1-4):205-218.
Cosmopolitan Communication and the Broken Dream of a Common Language.Niclas Rönnström - 2011 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (3):260-282.
The Propositional vs. Hermeneutic Models of Cross-Cultural Understanding.Xinli Wang & Ling Xu - 2009 - South African Journal of Philosophy 28 (3):312-331.
Success in referential communication.Matthias Paul - 1999 - Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
The intentionalist controversy and cognitive science.Raymond W. Gibbs - 1993 - Philosophical Psychology 6 (2):181-205.
Diversity and Communication in Feminist Theory.Gaile Pohlhaus - 2001 - Social Philosophy Today 17:153-162.
Extended Cognition in Science Communication.David Ludwig - 2014 - Public Understanding of Science 23 (8):982-995.
Language and thought.Christopher Gauker - 1999 - A Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind.


Added to PP

405 (#42,858)

6 months
62 (#62,180)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Xinli Wang
Juniata College

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references