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Single Idea 13951

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 2. Assertion]

Full Idea

Whereas what is asserted can be said to be accurate, exaggerated, unfounded, overdrawn, probable, improbable, plausible, true, or false, none of these can be said of the meaning of a sentence.

Gist of Idea

Assertions, unlike sentence meanings, can be accurate, probable, exaggerated, false....


Richard Cartwright (Propositions [1962], 12)

Book Reference

Cartwright,Richard: 'Philosophical Essays' [MIT 1987], p.50

A Reaction

That fairly firmly kicks into touch the idea that the assertion is the same as the meaning of the sentence.

Related Idea

Idea 13950 People don't assert the meaning of the words they utter [Cartwright,R]