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Single Idea 13987

[catalogued under 19. Language / D. Propositions / 4. Mental Propositions]

Full Idea

Although we speak of thinking in French, we never talk of knowing or believing or opining in French.

Gist of Idea

We may think in French, but we don't know or believe in French


Gilbert Ryle (Are there propositions? [1930], 'Substitute')

Book Reference

Ryle,Gilbert: 'Collected Essays 2 1929-1968' [Routledge 2009], p.33

A Reaction

Once again Ryle is playing devil's advocate, but he does it rather well, and offers good support for my belief in propositions. I love this. 'I know, in French, a bank where the wild thyme blows'.