Generic Concept of Meaning and Hermeneutical Logic by Hans Lipps

Krzysztof Sołoducha

The linguistic turn in philosophy of the 19th and 20th century added to the classical question about the constitution of being, the question of language and its role in this process. It also posed a new metaphilosophical question concerning the very status of philosophy and the results of its deliberations, facing the discovery that the linguistic nature of knowledge is its basic exoteric property. In Hans Lipps’ philosophy there is a characteristic and symptomatic connection between the conclusions drawn from the linguistic revolution in philosophy, and anthropological, biological and pragmatic threads. The task of this paper, referring to Lipps’ considerations, will be to indicate the programme and consequences of such an approach to the theory of language. According to Lipps the judgement is not an exemplification of the state of things. It is the states of things, their properties and their relations that are the product of self-explanatory existence which builds their meanings, thanks to the power of language manifesting itself in the “Konzeption” – the teleological power of language.

DOI: 10.37240/AHFiMS.2019.64.8


Keywords: hermeneutical logic · hermeneutical philosophy · Göttinger Group of Logic · phenomenology

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