Language is widely seen as the critical tool which has set our species apart.  We assume that it is successful because its words are able to describe reality. Yet from Wittgenstein to Derrida no satisfactory theory has been able to support this intuition. Might the problem be not with our theory of language but with the very idea of reality?  Or is reality necessary to make sense of the success of language even if we don't understand how it is achieved?

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