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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Scrutable Quote

Philosophy doesn't always come down to semantics. Only arguments about philosophy always do.
------------------------------------------------------MJ


Featured Comment by Eric Kellerman: "I've been a member of a linguistic department for three decades, and whenever anybody says 'It boils down to semantics,' or 'That's a matter of semantics,' I wonder what on Earth they mean by semantics."

6 Comments:

Anonymous Janne said...

I've been (for good and bad) a memeber of a philosophy department for a number of years, and I can tell you that philosophy - whether moral-, analytical- theist-, practial-, classical- or any other subgenre, always boils down to semantics (and the language philosophers are only too happy to explain to you in mind-numbing detail exactly why this is the case).

11:11 AM  
Blogger eric kellerman said...

I've been a member of a linguistic department for three decades, and whenever anybody says "It boils down to semantics", or "That's a matter of semantics", I wonder what on earth they mean by semantics.

12:55 PM  
Blogger areopagate said...

Philosophical questions about photography cannot be answered empirically. Hopefully they give rise to a joyous continued reflection about why we choose certain equipment, methods, subjects and materials. The joy is in the reflection, not in finding a final answer! Thanks for this site Mike!

2:18 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Mike
You sure know how to unscrew the inscrutable, as Heinlein put it.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"whenever anybody says "It boils down to semantics", or "That's a matter of semantics", I wonder what on earth they mean by semantics."

LOL!

--Mike

3:50 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

It's all in the lexicographer's mind, really.

1:30 PM  

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