[lit-ideas] Re: Implicatures of "Feel"

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 12:23:56 EDT

In a message dated 9/1/2010 5:30:02  A.M., mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx writes:
Physicians often use, "My impression is  ..." as a form of verbal 
insulation. Same thing.  

And females, too, I feel, use, "I feel I have a headache" as a similar form 
 of what I call "sexual" insulation. 
Aristotle thought that 'happiness' is NOT a feeling: He disliked Plato for  
having sung, in "The Republic":
---- "I feel so happy, yeah, yeah -- happy feelings all around me".
Aristotle distinguishes between:
"I am happy" (a true claim)
"I feel happy" ("a silly thing to say, most of the time" -- Magna Moralia,  
5 ad 3 872b)
In America, the use of euphemism may be similar. Consider  'horny':

A: You are horny, darling.
B: I'm not!
A: What d'you mean.
B: I may FEEL horny, but I'm NOT horny.
----- That utterance requires a lot of Gricean work to process. It is  
supposed to mimick the more vulgar: "I AM horny, but I do not FEEL horny".
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