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Not truth in the physical but unity in the linguistic

We are destined to rewrite our world for ever and ever — continually producing new description that clash with, and overwrite, the previous. These descriptions will, and have already done so, repeat themselves eventually, only in different form, but we probably will not recognise this fact. The only way we can stop the spinning and […]

Phenomenal and Access Consciousness

Block (1995) distinguishes between phenomenal consciousness (PC) and access consciousness (AC). PC is the subjective experience that the human mind holds as we go about our lives. We have experiences such as the smell of coffee or the red colour of a rose. We can say that there is a certain ‘feel’ to these experiences […]

Realism and Idealism

Windows on the world Realism is the belief that the objective world exists independently of human observers: there are entities and facts out there that exist independently of our minds. It is not a thesis about how the world is; it does not say ‘how things are but only that there is a way that […]

Build your castle; don’t dig your grave

If I were to give you a patch of land to do anything with, would you dig your grave or build a castle? Surely it is better to build a castle? Build you castle; don’t dig your grave Therefore you have been given a slice of the linguistic domain (language) to do whatever you want […]

Never having your cake and eating it

Imagine you have a craving for cake and someone tells you there is free cake next door. You rush out of your house to see a sign on the gate saying ‘cake’ and pointing to the neighbour’s house. You pull the sign off the gate and try to eat it. You will be sorely disappointed […]

The Linguistic Paradox

I have outlined NLI in a tripartite post series here part 1, part 2, part 3 – but there is one further post that is required in order to complete our understanding of the philosophical position. NLI (Nonrepresentational Linguistic Idealism) is the position that the mind is the centre of reality for humans and language […]

Nonrepresentational Linguistic Idealism (part 3)

PART 3: NONREPRESENTATIONLISM NLI is a philosophical position that puts the mind at the centre of reality and language at the centre of the mind. It asserts that thought is linguistic in nature and we can only ever be conscious of linguistic ideas. Language does not represent the physical world but is the world itself. […]

A new book

A photo essay of non-representational linguistic idealism by Michael Cribb. Fifty three sumptuous spreads in full colour narrated and interpreted through inspirational quotes. The book builds on Hannah Arendt’s lamentation that we live in a language, not with a language. Language is the DNA of the mind and in language we experience our existence.

Nonrepresentational Linguistic Idealism (part 2)

PART 2: LINGUISTIC NLI is a philosophical position that puts the mind at the centre of reality and language at the centre of the mind. It asserts that thought is linguistic in nature and we can only ever be conscious of linguistic ideas. Language does not represent the physical world but is the world itself. […]

Nonrepresentational Linguistic Idealism (part 1)

PART 1: IDEALISM NLI is a philosophical position that puts the mind at the centre of reality and language at the centre of the mind. It asserts that thought is linguistic in nature and we can only ever be conscious of linguistic ideas. Language does not represent the physical world but is the world itself. […]

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