Context: The constructivist approach to the definition (or analysis) of the fundamental meanings of language in Ernst von Glasersfeld’s work. Problem: Has this approach achieved better results than other approaches? Method: Review of a book chapter by von Glasersfeld that is devoted to the analysis of the concepts of “unity,” “plurality” and “number.” Results: The constructivist approach to the semantics of the fundamental elements of language (some of which are fundamental for sciences too) seems to have produced positive results; moreover these are in a field where other approaches have produced results that do not objectively seem satisfactory.
Key words: semantics, numbers, mental operations, attention, language
Benedetti G. (2011) The Semantics of the Fundamental Elements of Language in Ernst von Glasersfeld’s Work. Constructivist Foundations 6(2): 213–219. Available at http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/6/2/213.benedetti