Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Behaviour as language

There is a strong tendency in philosophy in direction of eliminating the distinction between thought and action, a trend that is particularly found in pragmatism. The principal of subjectivity in social science says that behaviour must be studied and described using terms that belong in a situation in the context of the one which is acting, and using his or her definition of the situation, and not through the social science definition of the situation.

This implies that the "spectator" must be able to translate the language of the person acting in their own language. When we study behaviour we are substantially facing the same problem as when we interpret language. If language is considered as a behaviour, we can also consider behaviour as language.

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