Thinking Conditioned by Language and Tradition

  • Mara StafeckaEmail author
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 110)


Tradition is embedded in language. Language assures continuity of tradition. When the strength of words to express meaning weakens, there is a rebellious linguistic eruption. Writers, poets, and thinkers experiment and play with words and their meaning to restore the expressive power of language. It isn’t someone’s capricious willfulness and selfishness that brings new layers of language into existence. It is our human existence grasping and reflecting itself in the word. Thinking and understanding depend on language, on the flexible balance between expressive and conceptual powers of language, between metaphoric and conceptualizing forces of language.


Everyday Language Conceptual Metaphor Switch Language Linguistic Interpretation Expressive Capacity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RockfordUSA

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