[lit-ideas] Ungriceful Grice

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:35:01 -0400 (EDT)

We were wondering at some of the definitions by Dennett in his  
"Philosophical Lexicon". We know what a grice note is -- a good pun on what  
call a 'grace note' -- an explanation that may ruin the pun. And one  
wonders about Dennett:

"grice, n. Conceptual intricacy. "His examination of Hume is  
distinguished by erudition and grice." Hence, griceful, adj. and  
griceless, adj. "An obvious and griceless polemic." pl. grouse: A  
multiplicity of grice, fragmenting into great details, often in reply to  
an original grice note."
So one wonders about, 'that was a griceless commentary by Grice'. I would  
hold such remarks as contradictory. Cfr. 'popper noam'.
On the other hand, trading on 

"popper, adj. Exhibiting great moral seriousness; impopper,  frivolous."
McEvoy ventures, in "Popper and impopper":
"[Popper] is capable of combining high moral seriousness with impopper  
humour: not many philosophers would devote a footnote entirely to the 
following:  fn.8 to "The Autonomy of Sociology" - "I wish to apologize to the 
Kantians for  mentioning them in the same breath as the Hegelians""
One wonders if at the implicature level, this impopper repartee by Popper  
does not, in the 'end', yet exhibit the great moral seriousness he is 
accused  of.
In Popper's defense, it may be argued that 'im-' (as in 'impopper') is not  
always negative. 
As I read in "Etymology Online":
in-, element meaning "into, in, on, upon" (also im-, il-, ir- by 
assimilation of -n- with  following consonant), from Latin in- "in" (see _in_ 
(http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=in&allowed_in_frame=0) ).  In Old 
this often became en-, which usually  was respelled in English to conform 
with Latin, but not always, which accounts  for pairs like enquire/inquire. 
There was a native  form, which in West Saxon usually appeared as on-  (cf. Old 
English onliehtan "to enlighten"), and some  verbs survived into Middle 
English (cf. inwrite "to  inscribe"), but all now seem to be extinct. 
Not related to in- (1) "not," which also was a common prefix in Latin: to  
the Romans impressus could mean "pressed" or  "unpressed."
And so on.

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