Philosophy

Does language create thought, or does thought create language?

Exploring the Interplay Between Language and Cognition

Wilbur Greene
Nov 10, 2023
8 min read
Photo by Milad Fakurian

As I sit down to explore the intricacies of language and thought, I'm immediately drawn to the longstanding debate between linguistic determinism and the power of thought to shape language. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, a theory that has long piqued my curiosity, suggests that the language we speak not only influences but actually determines the way we think and perceive the world around us. This hypothesis challenges me to consider the possibility that my thoughts might be bound by the confines of my language, a notion both fascinating and slightly unsettling.

Here, I aim to unravel this complex relationship. Is my reality indeed carved out by the linguistic framework handed down to me? Or do my thoughts have the freedom to leap beyond the fence of my vocabulary?

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