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Title: Ricerca della verità ed etica della comunicazione in John Locke
Authors: Poggi, Davide
Keywords: Communication ethicslanguagerhetoricfriendshiptolerationcommonwealth of learningfairnessindifferency
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Davide Poggi, "Ricerca della verità ed etica della comunicazione in John Locke", in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2016) XVIII/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2016, pp. 133-152
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
(2016) XVIII/2
In this paper, I aim to underline that the problematic background of John Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding is not only tied to the relationship between ideas and words with regard to issue of knowledge (which results in a philosophy of communication as a philosophy of language and is then adopted and developed, in particular, by Condillac – but in a perspective which is far from Locke’s original theory), but also to specific rules which must guide communication in an ethical sense. These rules operate on two levels: on the one hand, within the context of the logico-semiotic approach to communication (according to which the act of communication is the mere construction of verbal propositions that stand for the speaker’s internal conceptions and excite them in others), they develop the Cartesian ideal of clarity and distinctness of ideas taken up after reading Port-Royal Logique; on the other hand, they do not propose any moral system, which one ought to adhere to, but the ideal of an inquiry which is true, antidogmatic, and unanimous, too (where the concepts of friendship and tolerance play a central role), a path without end towards truth which arises from the idea of “searching for truth” itself.
Type: Book Chapter
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2016) XVIII/2

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