Us Amtracs & Amphibians At War 1941-45

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It has been remarked that Alexander had greater success with Bucephalus (his reputedly untameable horse) than Aristotle with Alexander. However, when Alexander died in 323 BC Aristotle could no longer rely on political protection and prudently retired. He died in the following year, possibly by his own hand. His works have survived in a less satisfactory form than Plato’s. They are manifestly incomplete and riddled with textual problems. It has sometimes been suggested that what survived was simply a version of lecture notes taken by his students.

Locke contrasts these cases with what happens when Adam is called upon to name a piece of metal brought to him by one of his children. One of Adam’s children, roving in the mountains, lights on a glittering substance which pleases his eye. Horne he carries it to Adam, who, upon consideration of it, finds it to be hard, to have a bright yellow colour, and an exceeding great weight. These perhaps, at first, are all the qualities he takes notice of in it; and abstracting this complex idea, consisting of a substance having that peculiar bright yellowness, and a weight very great in proportion to its bulk, he gives the name zahab, to denominate and mark all substances that have these sensible qualities in them.

7 But even this concession undermines the conventionalist position, and does so on at least two counts. First, the conceptual relations appealed to for the validation of metaphor are not themselves conventional; that is to say, no one has established a general linguistic convention by which the meaning of a species term may be transferred to a corresponding genus, etc. So the mechanism involved must be a ‘natural’, non-conventional mechanism of some kind. Second, if the transfers of meaning involve such broad and pervasive relationships as species to genus, it is difficult to see that conventionalism offers any persuasive account of how we understand one another.

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