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A. Anthropological Pre-Understanding

As a rule, language is distinguished from thought and both thought and language from the thing thought about or spoken of. This distinction is already found in Plato and Aristotle, who countered the Sophists’ abuse of language by offering a valid critique of language. Their aim was to restore responsible discussion within the city-state to its rightful place as relevant and object…

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Franɀ Mayr, “Language”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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