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December 02, 2012, 01:51:04 AM
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CAn anyone off the top off their head point me to a really pithy  summary of BR's objections to verificationism?
December 02, 2012, 06:57:28 AM
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Hi Charles, 

I can't reduce it to a quote, but his objections are expressed pretty succinctly in his paper on "Logical Positivism" (1950). See esp. _Logic and Knowledge_, Marsh, pp. 375-77.

Good to hear from you,

December 17, 2012, 09:16:03 PM
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Indeed, good to "see" you, Charles. 

You might look at Human Knowledge chapter IV.  There are one or two relatively pithy, witty, statements in this chapter that deals in part with verification/postitivism.  For example, on page 463 (George Allen, 48):  "There are some who maintain that, if atomic warfare is not checked, it may lead to the extermination of life on this planet.  Iam not concerned to maintain that this opinion is true, but only that it is significant. It is, however, one which cannot be verified, for who would be left to verify it if life were extinct?" 

Hope all is well Down Under!  :) MB

Michael Berumen