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Re: [APD] goldfish...etc.
Jerry Baker wrote:
> We are trying to come up with something that completely and totally
> separates humans from other animals and language was offered as one
> possibility. If we define language as the criteria for being human,
> that means that any homo sapien that does not have the capacity to use
> language is no longer human.
Language was not defined as the criteria for being human, but rather the
capacity to use it was offered as something that we have that other animals
do not have. A particular person that cannot communicate because of some
defect or illness is still a homo sapien and as such has the capacity to use
language. She did not perhaps acquire the ability, but she still has the
capacity in virtue of being a homo sapien, because being a homo sapien
entails the capacity for language.
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