The Contingency of the Self’s Language: How We Create Our Stories by Using Language


The most important part that creates the Self as “the knowing subject” or active entity with the proactive, purposeful and selective reception of the materials from reality, not merely a machine moved by external interactions is cognitive elements or consciousness framework. When we understand the cognition is a thinking process, the consciousness is the result that is formed by this process. A cognitive person does not only reflect on materials from reality but also re-creates the image of reality in his mind. We can call it is “the subjective image of the objective world,” or “the self-creation”. Consciousness itself has no meaning without being related to language. The unbreakable connection between consciousness and language is a guarantee of the existence and value of both concepts. To understand the Self’s consciousness, we must investigate it in its direct expression – language. It is a purely subjective system that human use to describe the reality and give it meaning. We can realize that the Self has been formed by the constantly changing elements of the consciousness; therefore, its immediate reality – language – must be placed within the adaptation in a specific context. My article will focus on the contingency of using language which is analyzed in the way we create the intermediate objects alongside their meaning: Firstly, the way we describe a real event in different meanings; Secondly, the way we create “the intermediate objects” carrying the meaning; Thirdly, the way we re-create the intermediate objects by reconstructing the historical objects.

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Kien Trung Do, Kobe University, Japan

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Conference: ACAH2017
Stream: Humanities - Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness

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