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revised How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
If communication is both objective and subjective because it involves both senders and receivers, then we are working from different understandings of objectivity and subjectivity. For reference, I am using those terms in a Kierkegaardian sense, and so I cannot say that senders are objective. Certainly in the Humean sense, too, they are not, nor can be! But anyway, we're on the far outlying regions of relevance to the OP.
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
All language is fundamentally subjective. That absolutely means 100% certainty in communication is impossible. We only communicate inasmuch as my definition of a word or phrase aligns to yours. Symbols are even less certain due to frequent colloquial nature. This is why, for example, many arguments relying the term "free will" result in debate or confusion: different groups define it differently, and thus clarifications should precipitate discussions on it. The difficulty is attempting such clarification with millenia-old texts between alien cultures and wildly heterogeneous contexts.
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