Philosophical Linguistic Relativity: Sebuah Kajian Tentang Pokok Pikiran Filsafat Relativisme Bahasa


Relativism is an antithesis of rationalism. In this case, linguistic relativity belongs to relativism. It views that language is not a static entity. Language is believed influencing thought. Culture, through language, influence the individuals’ ways of thinking and how they view the world or realities. The basic concepts of this philosophy are that language dictates thought, language is idiosyncratic or unique, and that language and culture are relative. Each concept has its strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats. Relativism imposes on the various aspects of human life, particularly education. It brings implications on education in general, and on language learning, morality, pragmatism, and curriculum specifically, when it is seen from education point of view.

Keywords: Relativism, language, philosophy, linguistic relativity

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