Language, thought and abstract reality

One of the thorniest problems researchers sought to address was the link between thought and language. Philosophers and linguists long held that language must have evolved not for the purpose of communication but to facilitate abstract thought. The grammatical rules that structure language, a feature of languages from Algonquin to American Sign Language, are more complex than necessary for communication. Language, the argument went, must have evolved to help us think, in much the same way that mathematical notations allow us to make complex calculations.


K: Every young animal, everything in nature is unconsciously perfect, but man is consciously imperfect and that is where glory lies. To grow out of that imperfection into conscious perfection is the purpose of man’s life and that everyone has to do for himself.

The Pilgrim and his Holy Pilgrimage, 1928