[lit-ideas] Re: Salingeriana

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:15:23 +0100 (BST)




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

"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." 

>I find this too full of negatives. It seems equivalent to:

It is possible to communicate in such a way that you may be understood.

-- which is _hardly_ news.>

It is not equivalent to this - anymore than "it is impossible for 'e' to be 
other than equal to 'mcsquared'" is equivalent to 'it is possible (and 
sometimes happens) that 'e' does not equal 'mcsquared'. Put another way: it is 
not contradictory (and therefore logically possible) that "It is impossible to 
speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood" and yet it is not 
"possible to communicate in such a way that you may be understood". As the 
negation of supposed equivalent expression is consistent with the expression to 
which it is claimed to be equivalent ergo the supposed equivalent expression 
cannot be equivalent. QED.

If people trained in philosophy are so woeful in grasping the logical content 
of Popper's simpler claims, no wonder he attracts so much invalid and 
misconceived criticism generally. Though this is hardly news.

Donal

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