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Ideas of Richard Cartwright, by Text

[American, fl. 1975, Professor at MIT.]

1962 Propositions
01 p.33 Logicians take sentences to be truth-bearers for rigour, rather than for philosophical reasons
01 p.33 Are the truth-bearers sentences, utterances, ideas, beliefs, judgements, propositions or statements?
03 p.34 We can attribute 'true' and 'false' to whatever it was that was said
05-06 p.36 We can pull apart assertion from utterance, and the action, the event and the subject-matter for each
07 p.38 To assert that p, it is neither necessary nor sufficient to utter some particular words
10 p.42 'It's raining' makes a different assertion on different occasions, but its meaning remains the same
11 p.46 For any statement, there is no one meaning which any sentence asserting it must have
11 p.48 All models of Peano axioms are isomorphic, so the models all seem equally good for natural numbers
12 p.49 People don't assert the meaning of the words they utter
12 p.50 Assertions, unlike sentence meanings, can be accurate, probable, exaggerated, false....
Add 2 p.53 A token isn't a unique occurrence, as the case of a word or a number shows
1967 Classes and Attributes
2 p.161 While no two classes coincide in membership, there are distinct but coextensive attributes
1968 Some Remarks on Essentialism
p.149 p.149 Essentialism says some of a thing's properties are necessary, and could not be absent
p.157 p.157 An act of ostension doesn't seem to need a 'sort' of thing, even of a very broad kind
p.158 p.158 Essentialism is said to be unintelligible, because relative, if necessary truths are all analytic
p.158 p.158 The difficulty in essentialism is deciding the grounds for rating an attribute as essential
1974 Scattered Objects
p.175 p.175 Clearly a pipe can survive being taken apart
p.184 p.184 Bodies don't becomes scattered by losing small or minor parts
1987 Intro to 'Philosophical Essays'
xi p.-16 A false proposition isn't truer because it is part of a coherent system
xxi p.-6 Philosophers working like teams of scientists is absurd, yet isolation is hard