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Philosophy of
Communication
What
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do we communicate?
Thoughts?
Meanings?
Ideas?
Feelings?
Messages?
Values?
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Mode of Communication
Literal Communication
 Metaphorical Communication
 Poetic and other literary mode
 Sarcasm, Jokes, Pun,
 Criticism, suggestion, questions
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Mode of Communication(Cont..)
Model, Picture, Imitation, Mimicry.
 Through Painting, Music, Dance,
 Mystical, Yogic, Religious
Communication.
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Problems of
Communicating the
Thoughts
How do I transfer my
thoughts to others?
 Not like a hard disk to
another.
 Not like one water tank to
another.
 Not like a book from one
shelf to another.
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Thoughts are not
perceivable
We use sensory organs to
perceive objects, events, facts of
the world.
 We use mind to imagine the things.
 We use memory to remember.
 We use our Reason to
Comprehend thoughts.
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Problem of Other Minds
How Can I know the thoughts of
others?
 How am I sure that what I
understand is not misunderstanding?
 How do I verify whether what I have
understood is the one what the
speaker spoke about?
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Mind is Ever Creative
Our perception is coloured or
modified by our past
experiences.
 By our future expectations
 By our present conditions of
our Mind, Senses.
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Meaning and
Interpretation
Language is symbolic. It
needs to be interpreted.
 How do I know that what I
understand is the correct
interpretation?
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Issues of Meaning
What is meaning?
 Is the thought contained in the
sentence the meaning?
 Is the effect on a person the
meaning?
 Is it the idea that is generated the
meaning?
 Is fact the meaning of a sentence?
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Intended and unintended Messages
Every message has a metamessage.
 Every message presupposes
something and has a consequence
in a logical sense.
 Can we separate message from
meta-message?
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Intention Can never be
Known.
Do I know my own intention?
 How do you know that you had
certain intention in the past?
 Are you sure that you know what
you want?
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