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Re: The 10,000,000 Dollar Question FredPotter

Posted by Ritch on September 19, 2002, at 0:39:15

In reply to Re: The 10,000,000 Dollar Question Ritch, posted by FredPotter on September 18, 2002, at 16:05:22

> I'm reading Confessions of a Philosopher by Bryan Magee in which he says (from Popper or Wittgenstein or someone like that) you can make untrue statements, meaningful but untrue statements and finally true statements. The last seems to be unverifiable so I would think religious statements can be meaningful and unverifiable. But I think life would be pretty dull if we were allowed only to make statements of the above three types

Thanks for responding!

It seems, that you could sum up those three possiblities as
1) A LIE (willful and conscious)
2) BELIEF (meaningful, but OBJECTIVE "truth" not verifiable)
3) TRUE statement (only a purely logical assertion, or a subjective *consensus* arrived at-"*that* rose is red".

What is really interesting is, what would be an example of a 'fourth' statement that wouldn't be a dull one?

Mitch


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