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1. Excuses and Aboutness (5/2/12)



ZY: You never take me to Friendly’s any more. SY: Ummmm, didn’t we go last week on your birthday? ZY: I wasn’t talking about that. SH: Things persist through the gain and loss of properties. FP: Ummmm, you do know that properties don’t exist? SH: It doesn’t matter, I wasn’t talking about them. AT: Falstaff’s testimony demonstrates the innocence of my client Jones. Ullian and Goodman [1977] JU: Ummmm, you do realize that Falstaff’s testimony was false? AT: It was false, and about Jones. But it was not false about Jones. True, and interesting, but... The form of a semantic excuse: The statement is (or may be) false. But it is partly true—true in what it says about such and such. And that is what I was speaking to. 1 A hypothesis A is partly true iff it has wholly true parts. 2 B is part of A iff it is implied by A. [???] Perhaps the true part should mee

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