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Ideas of David E. Cooper, by Text

[British, fl. 1973, Professor at the University of Durham.]

1973 Philosophy and the Nature of Language
2.3 p.31 Many sentences set up dispositions which are irrelevant to the meanings of the sentences
2.4 p.39 Most people know how to use the word "Amen", but they do not know what it means
2.4 p.40 'How now brown cow?' is used for elocution, but this says nothing about its meaning
3.1 p.50 I can meaningfully speculate that humans may have experiences currently impossible for us
3.1 p.52 The verification principle itself seems neither analytic nor verifiable
4 p.70 Any thesis about reference is also a thesis about what exists to be referred to
4 p.71 Russell argued with great plausibility that we rarely, if ever, refer with our words
4.1 p.73 If 'Queen of England' does not refer if there is no queen, its meaning can't refer if there is one
4.1 p.75 Russell says apparent referring expressions are really assertions about properties
4.2 p.85 Reference need not be a hit-or-miss affair
4.4 p.93 If predicates name things, that reduces every sentence to a mere list of names
5.1 p.105 If it is claimed that language correlates with culture, we must be able to identify the two independently
5.2 p.114 If some peoples do not have categories like time or cause, they can't be essential features of rationality
5.2 p.115 A person's language doesn't prove their concepts, but how are concepts deduced apart from language?
7.1 p.165 An analytic truth is one which becomes a logical truth when some synonyms have been replaced