[lit-ideas] Re: Michael Dummett

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:59:14 +0000 (GMT)

 From: "Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx" <Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx>

>R. Paul is incidentally right, in his reply to McC, that all roads lead  
somewhere. "A road to nowhere" is possibly a misnomer. It may be argued that  
more than Fregean, the argument for 'all roads leading somewhere' is 
_analytic_  alla Kant ("What _is_ a road, if not a road to somewhere?").>

A road to nowhere is an analytic impossibility only in the sense that 
everywhere is somewhere is an analytic truth [compare Wittgenstein's "A road to 
nowhere cannot exist in the sense that everywhere is somewhere", 'The Pink and 
Mauve Books'].

Also not sure 'misnomer' is the correct term here for an analytic 
impossibility, but it's perhaps too early in the year to expect the right word 
to present itself. In any case, 'road to nowhere' would still have a perfectly 
valid sense, irrespective of the sense in which it is an analytic 
impossibility, and so we might conclude - so much the worse for the importance 
of analytic impossibility (quaere: "Are there interesting analytic truths?"). 
(Geary might have something to say about N. Young's contribution here to the 
quantification of potentially all-encompassing terms, "Everybody Knows This Is 
Nowhere", and Young's later daring essay in analyticity, "Tonight's The Night" 
(contrast "Tonight's A Night"), as well as R. Dylan's examination of what 
happens when we apply a term, without further quantification, to itself in his 
"Blonde on Blonde").

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