Re: A pk is *both* a physical and a logical object.

From: paul c <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 18:31:09 GMT
Message-ID: <Nruli.109012$NV3.11243_at_pd7urf2no>

Roy Hann wrote:
> "Jan Hidders" <> wrote in message

>>That is certainly a fact, but I'm not sure if I'm not more worried by
>>the Dumpty Humpties, i.e., those that will insist that there is only
>>one true meaning of a word and every attempt to redefine it is no less
>>than sacrilege. My guess is that it is the fundamentalists that we
>>need to worry about more.

> I guess that depends how they do it. One cannot have a conversation where
> the participants can equivocate (as we see here time and time and time
> again). The domain of discourse has to be firmly established and within it
> there can be only one definition of any term. Insisting on that kind of
> discipline isn't funamentalism in my book, it's just a prerequisite to
> communication.
> On the other hand if your Dumpty Humpties try to insist the same term has to
> mean the same thing in all realms of discourse they'd clearly be insane,
> stupid, or trolling. And that's not fundamentalism either.
> (Hmm. Perhaps I just argued that there is no such thing as a
> fundamentalist. That'd be an interesting claim...)
> Roy

No argument with either comment but heh, heh, it is the literalists (in various fields) that scare me when they are mistaken for fundamentalists, sometimes giving the latter a bad name. I wonder if any important idea is possible without some amount of illiteracy.

p Received on Thu Jul 12 2007 - 20:31:09 CEST

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