Nelson Goodman

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Nelson Goodman

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add.More Nelson Goodman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with ‘the world’; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous. More Nelson Goodman [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We make versions, and true versions make worlds.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Any effort... to make the obscure obvious is likely to be unappealing, for the penalty of failure is confusion while the reward of success is banality.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What intrigues us as a problem, and what will satisfy us as a solution, will depend upon the line we draw between what is already clear and what needs to be clarified.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An answer, once found, is dull; and the only remaining interest lies in a further effort to render equally dull what is still obscure enough to be intriguing.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Rules and particular inferences alike are justified by being brought into agreement with each other. A rule is amended if it yields an inference we are unwilling to accept; an inference is rejected if it violates a rule we are unwilling to amend.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If we are ready to tolerate everything as understood, there is nothing left to explain; while if we sourly refuse to take anything, even tentatively, as clear, no explanation can be given.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For if as scientists we seek simplicity, then obviously we try the simplest surviving theory first, and retreat from it only when it proves false. Not this course, but any other, requires explanation. If you want to go somewhere quickly, and several alternate routes are equally likely to be open, no one asks why you take the shortest. The simplest theory is to be chosen not because it is the most likely to be true but because it is scientifically the most rewarding among equally likely alternatives. We aim at simplicitMore Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We aim at simplicity and hope for truth.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there actually are in heaven and earth.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with 'the world'; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous.More Nelson Goodman [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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