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13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 5. Language Relativism

[role of language in shaping human knowledge]

7 ideas
Hopi consistently prefers verbs and events to nouns and things [Whorf]
Language arranges sensory experience to form a world-order [Whorf]
Two things are relative - the background theory, and translating the object theory into the background theory [Quine]
If it is claimed that language correlates with culture, we must be able to identify the two independently [Cooper,DE]
A person's language doesn't prove their concepts, but how are concepts deduced apart from language? [Cooper,DE]
Our sortal concepts fix what we find in experience [Wiggins]
People still say the Hopi have no time concepts, despite Whorf's later denial [Devlin]