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Single Idea 3090

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 8. Synonymy]

Full Idea

The only sort of sameness of meaning we know is similarity in meaning, not exact sameness of meaning.

Gist of Idea

There is only similarity in meaning, never sameness in meaning


Gilbert Harman (Thought [1973], 6.8)

Book Reference

Harman,Gilbert: 'Thought' [Princeton 1977], p.109

A Reaction

The Eiffel Tower and le tour Eiffel? If you want to be difficult, you can doubt whether the word 'fast' ever has exactly the same meaning in two separate usages of the word.