Pigalev A.I. The Philosophy of Language Planning on Agendas of Ideological Justification for Modernity

Aleksandr Ivanovich Pigalev

Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor, Department of Philosophy,

Volgograd State University

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Abstract. The purpose of the paper is to examine the philosophy of language planning in transition from the Middle Ages to modernity as the item on the agendas of ideological justification for modernity and the role of resultant artificial languages in the modernization of European societies and cultures as well. The modernity is considered to be the outcome of
deliberate destruction of traditional societies, whereas the modernized societies were based on the imperative of self-assertion of the individual that gave rise to quite different type of social relations. It is emphasized that the emergence of secular philosophy of Enlightenment as the source of agendas of justification for modernity is rather often misinterpreted as the complete overcoming of the medieval theology. As opposed to such point of view, it is assumed that just the nominalistic ontology of the late Middle Ages together with some mystic trends became an ideological prerequisite for modernization and the creation of planned languages which initially claimed to be perfect ones. The effects of the contact of the planned and rootless languages with natural languages of traditional societies are briefly analyzed.

Key words: philosophy of language, language planning, nominalism, Enlightenment, modernity, historicism, perfect language, language contact.

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