preci # 5 - Calvin Bruch PHIL 1000 April 3,2008 John Peters...

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Calvin Bruch PHIL 1000 April 3,2008 John Peters Preci # 5 Logic and Conversation by Paul Grice Paul Grice argues that there are two types of devices for communication. One consists mostly of mathematical or symbolical numerals such as -, ~, ^, and >, while the other consists of expressions such as and, or, if, and, the. Grice argues that the first set of devices are believed to be better for communication purposes by “formalists” while the expressions are believed to be better by “informalists.” Grice, in my opinion, is a formalist and so believes that informalists are not as intelligent since the formal devices can be put into an infinite number of patterns, which can give an infinite number of exact meanings. Just as a mathematical calculation like 2+2=4 has a definite answer so do other formal devices, the combination of which can be seen as a pattern with only one meaning. Grice argues that this is the imperfection of natural languages such as the expressions: they, “Cannot be precisely or clearly defined,” as he puts it, and they do not
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