Single Idea 5280

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 3. Meaning as Speaker's Intention]

Full Idea

Language is as old as consciousness, language is practical consciousness that exists also for other men.

Gist of Idea

Language co-exists with consciousness, and makes it social


K Marx / F Engels (The German Ideology [1846], 1.A)

Book Reference

Marx,K./Engels,F.: 'The German Ideology', ed/tr. Arthur,C.J. [Lawrence and Wishart 1985], p.51

A Reaction

Dennett takes a similar view - that consciousness is more-or-less a consequence of the development of consciousness. This is understandable if you make intentional rather than phenomenal consciousness central. Otherwise ants may well have it.