By Haig Khatchadourian M.A., Ph.D. (auth.)
It is neither far-fetched nor over-modest to imagine that a few readers will think that one other ebook on philosophical research is superfluous, considering that there are at the present a couple of effective books, essays or col lections of essays at the topic. a part of the explanation which makes me desire that the current publication isn't superfluous is that its target isn't like that of a lot of those books or essays. What i personally have at tempted to do is to stipulate my very own perspectives concerning the nature and attainable varieties and varieties of philosophical research: the results of sustained mirrored image at the topic for the previous few years. The equipment of analy sis which are right here considered as "proper," and in a better or lesser measure philosophically worthy tools should not, of their common good points, fairly something new. they're endorsed or are literally being practised via diverse modern philosophers; and a few of them have an extended and hallowed historical past in the back of them. even if, the current paintings makes an attempt to give those tools in a kind or demeanour which, it really is was hoping, will lead them to appropriate, or much less inacceptable, to philosophers with widely-divergent attitudes or biases. a massive characteristic of the ebook is that nobody approach or form of approach is thought of as the right kind process or form of approach to philosophical research to the exclusion of others; in sharp distinction to the perspectives or perform of a variety of modern philosophers.
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We must, however, discuss the synonymity of proper names before we pass to that; for reasons which will now be stated. ' I mean the possibility that the marginal indeterminacy involved in the case of 'table' may not coincide with the marginal indeterminacy involved in the case of 'tavola'; though these two words name the same thing and are synonymous.
Where these terms are used aesthetically. (Cf. my "Art Names and Aesthetic Judgments," Philosophy, vol. XXXVI, No. ) All this is,ho wever, compatible with the absence of any exPlicit cognitive reference. It might still be the case that these expressions do not express (in a sense of 'express' contrasted with 'imply' or even 'suggest') anything. 30 MEANINGS AND USES ordinarily an element in an expression's meaning is not far to seek. " I mean that the notion of relative fixity or determinacy is implied in the ordinary meaning of 'meaning,' at least in sense (I).
Does not have a single correct answer. One thing seems certain: two names or predicates in an ordinary language have the same meaning under different circumstances, depending on the kind of names or predicates they are. Similarly with words other than names or predicates, with phrases, and with sentences. A number of accounts of synonymity which at various times have been formulated by philosophers are satisfactory in respect to particular, limited classes of expressions. And a considerable part of our task will lie in assigning each account its legitimate sphere.
A Critical Study in Method by Haig Khatchadourian M.A., Ph.D. (auth.)