[lit-ideas] Re: Malt, Coffee & Chuck Taylor

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 06:08:45 -0500

Now see what you've done, Walter? You knew how these guys are and yet you went and started it anyway.

Mike Geary
transcending Memphis every moment I can.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Omar Kusturica" <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2006 5:40 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Malt, Coffee & Chuck Taylor





--- wokshevs@xxxxxx wrote:



P.S. I don't think that ideas can be valid or invalid. Validity is logically a property of inference (and sometimes of bus transfers). Inference is possible only from one or more statements to another statement understood as a conclusion.

* In formal logic, "valid" is used sometimes to denote a property of arguments, sometimes of conclusions. In the ordinary language, we frequently talk also about valid points, valid assumptions, valid objections, valid beliefs, and valid ideas. Insisting that the word can be used only in one sense seems pedantic.


Truth is a possible property of statements or
propositions. A statement can be
either true or false but not both.

* I'm not sure. Let's take something every-day like: "Sky is blue." Or, "Dogs are cute." Or, "Travelling by bus is frustrating." Or, "Tennis is difficult." Are these statements simply true, or simply false ? Should we really expect a rigorous examination of these statements to expose them as either true or false, or should we expect to find something closer to what most college sophomores think, that they are true to some extent but not absolutely ?

O.K.

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