Robin, Wittgenstein’s “meaning as use” is mostly related to meaning of words
and sentences. And analytic philosophy is not in favour of considering
evolutionary approaches.As the systemic approach goes with a bottom-up
perspective usable for simple organisms, I do not feel that it can be basically
considered as a reformulation of W’s “meaning as use”. However, if we consider
the application of the systemic approach to the case of human language
precisely, then the generation of meaning by constraint satisfaction can be
compared to W’s “meaning as use” assuming we know the corresponding
constraints. And this brings us to another level of analysis: what are, for us
humans, the constraints to be satisfied ?We have of course in the background
all our biological constraints. But human specific constraints are not that
well known (or ignorance about the nature of consciousness being a heavy
contributor of the problem). On a general basis, we can say that a generic
human constraint is the search of happiness which indeed conditions many of or
meaning generations and actions. Various sub-constraints come from this generic
one like combine pleasure & reality, limit anxiety, satisfy Maslow pyramid,
valorise ego, … (1). This looks to me as an open subject because psychology of
motivation is still in its infancy (also as a consequence of our ignorance
regarding the nature of consciousness).All the best Christophe(1)
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 09:56:43 +0100From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: [EMAIL
PROTECTED]: Re: [Fis] Information - Meaning - Knowledge
Friday, September 19, 2008, 12:27:06 AM, Christophe wrote:
Folks, Answering to Joseph, I relate meaning to information by a systemic
approach based on constraint
satisfaction that allows an evolutionary/bottom-up usage
So with this, a meaning exists relatively to a system submitted to a
constraint. A meaning (a meaningful information) is the result of an
interpretation by a system that has
a constraint to satisfy.
Isn't this a reformulation or generalisation of Wittgenstein's "meaning as use"?
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