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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Despair over Philosophy]

Full Idea

Sharing a technical vocabulary is to share a tidy collection of assumptions. Reliance on that vocabulary serves to foreclose discussion of those assumptions.

Gist of Idea

Using a technical vocabulary actually prevents discussion of the presuppositions


John Heil (The Universe as We Find It [2012], Pref)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'The Universe as We Find It' [OUP 2012], p.-4

A Reaction

Love it! I am endlessly frustrated by papers that launch into a discussion using a terminology that is riddled with dubious prior assumptions. And that includes common terms like 'property', as well as obscure neologisms.