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Single Idea 14176

[catalogued under 3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 1. Redundant Truth]

Full Idea

"The death of Caesar is true" is not, I think, the same proposition as "Caesar died".

Gist of Idea

"The death of Caesar is true" is not the same proposition as "Caesar died"


Bertrand Russell (The Principles of Mathematics [1903], 478)

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Principles of Mathematics' [Routledge 1992], p.478

A Reaction

I suspect that it was this remark which provoked Ramsey into rebellion, because he couldn't see the difference. Nowadays we must talk first of conversational implicature, and then of language and metalanguage.

Related Idea

Idea 3750 "It is true that x" means no more than x [Ramsey]