Ideas y Valores (Apr 2009)

Karl-Otto Apel and the Critique of Meaning

  • Gustavo Salerno

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 58, no. 139
pp. 33 – 59


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This work emphasizes the influence in Apel of the named Critique of Meaning developed by Wittgenstein and Peirce. We reconstruct the foundations of the recognitionof 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 supraindividualenviroment, 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.