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Language and the Pursuit of Truth

John Wilson


CONTENTS


Preface

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Chapter I. WORDS


A. THE FUNCTION OF WORDS

B. TYPES OF WORDS

1. Descriptive words 2. Evaluative words 3. 'Pointer' words 4. Interjections

C. MISTAKES ABOUT WORDS

1. Magic 2. Ambiguity


Chapter II. STATEMENTS


A. THE FUNCTION OF STATEMENTS

1. Poetic communication 2. Prose communication


B. VERIFICATION


C. TYPES OF STATEMENTS

1. Imperatives and attitude-statements 2. Empirical statements 3. Analytic statements 4. Value statements 5. Metaphysical statements


Chapter III. TRUTH


A. THE CONDITIONS OF TRUTH

B. THE BASIS OF MEANING AND VERIFICATION

C. VALUE STATEMENTS

D. METAPHYSICAL STATEMENTS

E. PREJUDICE