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" All of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language?

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" All of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language." What does this statement mean and do you think it is a fair representation of the relationship between perception, emotion, reason and language? To interpret the world and to gain knowledge, people have developed several ways of knowing. These are considered to be perception, emotion, language and reason. The question "all of the other ways of knowing are controlled by language" is a statement that requires further investigation and reflection. Is this really a fair representation of the relationship between these four factors? In a way these four; perception, emotion, language and reason are closely tied together. Perception is often influenced by emotions (which plays a great part in human behaviour), the impressions are then expressed through language, and language is used to communicate thoughts and to reason with people or simply to seek clarity and order. By assuming that the essay question is right, one automatically puts language above the three other ways of knowing. ...read more.

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It is something that forms a part of the culture. Language grows. People invent certain words and ways of stringing them together, and they use these languages with some people. The language spreads, undergoes changes, and encounters other languages. Therefore we have a problem in that the syntax of language is not certain to be definite An example would be old texts, where even though the same word might be used, the meaning of it as the writer intended, or people of their time interpreted may be different. The essay title states that language forms the main thread in all of the ways of knowing. Then how is it that a small child who can't speak contain knowledge even without being able to communicate with language? Very young children are able to grasp new concepts of the world around them, purely by observation and perception. In conclusion, we can say that language have some bearing on the way we perceive things. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here, the child gained knowledge through perception and reasoning in his own language but when he learnt the language he gained knowledge about what things are named. The power of naming things gives man the knowledge about things which helps it to describe it. Thus it is ultimately language as it is a medium to understand things and communicate. It is true that language controls the "knowing" of the other ways of knowing, yet without the other ways of knowing there wouldn't be much of understanding as language itself has many barriers and POK's. For eg, A bird has feathers and hence he can fly. On the same basis you can argue that a pillow also has feathers and hence he can fly. But, we know by reasoning that pillow being a non-living thing it can't fly. This is also because we have seen a pillow. Reason is something you develop through reflection and consideration of what you perceive or through emotion and you use language when you reflect (reason)on it, but indirectly. Hence to conclude language dosen't direct emotion, perception and reason but is simply a means of knowing. ...read more.

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