[lit-ideas] Re: Lawyers love to argue about words

  • From: "Walter C. Okshevsky" <wokshevs@xxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:57:34 -0330

Can one not understand the meaning of a word (or series of words) well enough
but understand little of the concept being represented/expressed by that word
(or series)?

For example: Mike seems to understand the meanings of the words in the
expression "titling one's posthumous collection" but he may not understand in
any comprehensive manner the network of conceptual inferences and entailments
in which that expression is embedded. So the inference that the expression
entails one must be dead in order to be able to be titling one's posthumous
collection is a conceptual one. One that is usually false, of course. Or am I
titling at windmills here?

On a research term, Walter O


Quoting dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx:

In a message dated 11/2/2015 12:52:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
wokshevs@xxxxxx writes:
Is there a difference between arguing about words and arguing about
concepts?

Don't think so -- in which case, all that McEvoy abbreviated as "CA"
becomes "WA" word analysis -- 'conceptual' sounds more pretentious, and
Grice,
being pretentious ('what was HE pretending?', Geary asks*), preferred
'conceptual'. But when titling his posthumous collection ('but he was dead by

then, right?', Geary asks*) he chose "Studies in the way of words" and not
'Studies in the way of concepts'**.

Cheers,

Speranza

* Geary, Memphis Metaphysical Ministry, Occasional Paper No. 61.
* Grice is punning on Locke, 'words', 'way of words' and 'ideas' and 'way
of ideas'. There's a third -- as Yolton notes, 'things' and 'way of things'.

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