The phrases “I cannot find …” and “I couldn’t find …” and willful possibility

Examples: 1. I cannot find my socks. / I couldn’t find my socks. 2. I cannot find a counter-example to the theory. / I couldn’t find a counter-example to the theory. The word “cannot” is usually taken to express impossibility and be somewhat equivalent in meaning with the word “impossible”, thought they cannot be used…

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The Myth of Morality and interpretation

Joyce does a rather strange interpretation in The Myth of Morality p. 121. He writes: However, I doubt we even need concede that much. These “conditional reasons” are very shady customers. Take what seems to be a straightforward one mentioned above: one’s reason to save a drowning child if one exists. There are two readings:…

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Interpretation of “always”

Sometimes it is clear that “always” should be interpreted as various temporal logics suggest. Other times it should not be interpreted as anything that has to do with time. Consider this fictive conversation: “Generally women prefer men with high social above men without.” “Not always.” But the first utterance has nothing to do with time….

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