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Born: 1911-03-28
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: English
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In the one defence, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don't accept full, or even any, responsibility.

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Going back into the history of a word, very often into Latin, we come back pretty commonly to pictures or models of how things happen or are done.

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There are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely.

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Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing.

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Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which have the general character of ritual or ceremonial, all conventional acts.

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Sentences are not as such either true or false.

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Usually it is uses of words, not words in themselves, that are properly called vague.

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But I owe it to the subject to say, that it has long afforded me what philosophy is so often thought, and made, barren of - the fun of discovery, the pleasures of co-operation, and the satisfaction of reaching agreement.

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