[quickphilosophy] Re: Quinean Indeterminacy

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  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:19:54 -0000

--- In quickphilosophy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Martin Brampton <martin.lists@...> 
> Isn't the situation even less precisely defined than that?  Maybe you 
> intend it to be so, and I am not adding anything!
> "Understanding", like so many other things, is a matter of degree, and 
> people who understand each other to an adequate extent do not 
> necessarily understand exactly the same thing.  Very often, they 
> probably don't.  Perhaps they never do.  Life is a business of 
> approximations.
> When it comes to languages in which one is less than fluent, an 
> "adequate" understanding may be a very crude rendering of what has been 
> said, but still sufficient to get by in everyday life.
> Many other qualifying adjectives of varying degree can be applied in 
> relation to understanding.

Yes, I completely agree with all of that, Martin.  And I think it's consistent 
with the Quinean view.


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