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Ideas y Valores

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SALERNO, Gustavo. Karl-Otto Apel and the Critique of Meaning. Ideas y Valores [online]. 2009, vol.58, n.139, pp.33-60. ISSN 0120-0062.

This work emphasizes the influence in Apel of the named Critique of Meaning developed by Wittgenstein and Peirce. We reconstruct the foundations of the recognition of a linguistic a priori, and of the semiotic-anthropological radicalization, that leads to the conception that man can be understood as thought-sign. It also shows the way Apel believes that such thought-sign is inscribed in the context of a supraindividual enviroment, where it develops its own individuality. From that approach, a transformation of the subject function in the interpreter function of the signs has to be done in order to create a new answer to the problem of intersubjectivity.

Keywords : Karl-Otto Apel; critique; meaning; language; intersubjectivity.

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