[lit-ideas] Re: Griceian As A Term Of Abuse

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:33:27 +0900


> The problem seems to be that abusive language is more than either true or  
> false

The problem is that all language is more than either true or false.

Philosophers have known this at least since J.L. Austin's lectures How to do 
things with words. Prophets, politicians and advertisers have known it forever.

Smullyan's treatment of "Does the Tao exist?" is exemplary.

John

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