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Single Idea 21533

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 5. Contingency]

Full Idea

Contingency derives from the fact that a sentence containing a verb in the present tense - or sometimes in the past or the future - changes its meaning continually as the present changes, and stands for different propositions at different times.

Gist of Idea

Contingency arises from tensed verbs changing the propositions to which they refer


Bertrand Russell (Meinong on Complexes and Assumptions [1904], p.26)

A Reaction

This immediately strikes me as a bad example of the linguistic approach to philosophy. As if we (like any animal) didn't have an apprehension prior to any language that most parts of experience are capable of change.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Essays in Analysis', ed/tr. Lackey,Douglas [George Braziller 1973], p.26