[hist-analytic] The Use of "Irreducible" in 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
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A checklist of the 59 entries for Broad in the OED.
I note one under 'irreducible' that inspires me this little dialogue
('imaginary conversation') between Julie Jack and H. P. Grice
JACK: Wrong, I say!
GRICE: Wrong what?
(never second parts were so good)
JACK: Your analysis of meaning -- wrong?
JACK: It's (pronounced smugly) _reductive_. We don't *do* 'reductive' at
It impoverishes our experiences _so_.
GRICE (in silence)
JACK: there's some right to it, too, though
GRICE (about to speak)
JACK: But the wrongs outdo the rights.
JACK: reductive -- reductionist.
GRICE. Hey madam, Wait your second. My analysis may be
reductive but it's _not_ reductionist.
JACK. Big difference!
GRICE. Why, there is.
JACK. There is what?
GRICE: _a_ big difference, to use your sobriquet.
GRICE. Do you have time for a pint
JACK. Not really, but if you must.
Grice coaxed Jack to the pub
(after a few beers)
JACK. So you do say it's not reductionist?
GRICE. But no, madam. How could you possibly think that I'd go
the whole non-Oxonian hog?
JACK: So it's ... harmlessly ... 'reductive' only.
GRICE: Exactly. And pretty tidy too.
GRICE. Well, it's not circular, like Witters's.
JACK: Stop it!
GRICE: it's a non-circular 'analysis' which _is_ reductive
Jack raises eye-brows:
GRICE: but not meant to rest on reductionist foundation.
JACK: Okay, give me a kiss.
Readers may browse through other words used by Broad and create their
literary imaginary dialogues too.
I double check with Broad, and must say his use of 'irreducible' is
lukewarm. I thought he was going to say the _mind_ is! But it's just what the
temporal relations _really_ are! As if I cared!
" The temporal relations..are really irreducibly
BROAD, 1923, Scientific Thought, p. 368
categorial -- Mind & its Place, 1925 p. 21
declare 1965 Broad in G. Cummins Swan on B
descriptionist 1914 Perception 91
disvalue 1925 -- Mind & its Place 50
elanguescence 1933 Exam. McTaggart's Philo
extrasomatic 1938 Exam. McTaggart's Philo
extraspective 1925 Mind & its Place 3
geo- 1923 Sci. Thought 457
horatian 1925 Mind & its Place xi. 49
inferrability 1914 Perception ii. 128 This
intrapolation 1923 Sci. Thought xi. 428 Li
introspectible 1925 Mind & its Place ix. 41
irreducible 1923 Sci. Thought x. 368 The
limiting 1914 Perception i. 7 Qualiti
lorentz 1923 Sci. Thought iv. 135 Th
mahometanism, n. 1939 Philosophy 14 132 O
mechanist 1925 Mind & its Place 43 One
mechanistically 1925 Mind & its Place ii. 77
memory 1925 Mind & its Place v. 233
mind-brain 1925 Mind & its Place 439 Th
mnemic 1925 Mind & its Place viii.
molar 1925 C. D. Broad Mind & its Place xiv. 6
molecular 1925 C. D. Broad Mind & its Place xiv. 6
multiplicatively 1914 C. D. Broad Perception iii. 180 The
naïf 1914 C. D. Broad Perception i. 1 We are
neutral 1925 C. D. Broad Mind & its Place. xiv.
non- 1925 C. D. Broad Mind & its Place xi. 48
non-object 1914 C. D. Broad Perception i. 8 We must
non-referential 1925 C. D. Broad Mind & its Place vi. 30
objectifiable, adj. 1925 Mind & its Place vi. 30
occasioning, adj. 1925 Mind & its Place xii. 5
opus magnum, n. 1952 Ethics & Hist. Philos.
parallelism, n. 1925 Mind & its Place iii. 1
parallelist 1925 Mind & its Place iii. 1
perceptual, adj. 1925 Mind & its Place iv. 21
percipient, n. and adj. 1938 Exam. McTaggart's Philo
phenomenalist, n. and adj. 1914 Perception 171 The phen
pink, n.5 and adj.2 1925 Mind & its Place iv. 14
polyadic, adj. 1918 Mind 27 284 A consi
positional, adj. 1923 Sci. Thought xi. 408 So
presentedness, n. philosophy of C. D. Broad) the awareness of this
primeness, n. 1923 Sci. Thought ii. 75 We
probability, n. 1914 Perception ii. 150 The
quasi-, comb. form 1925 Mind & its Place iv. 21
regularity 1925 Mind & its Place x. 457
relationist, n. (and a.) 1923 Sci. Thought iii. 89 Th
relativist, n. (and a.) 1914 Perception v. 286 It is
retro-, prefix 1962 Lect. Psychical Res. 40
Russellian, a. and n. 1923 Sci. Thought xiii. 534
sensal, a. 1938 Exam. McTaggart's Philo
sense, n. 1925 Mind & its Place iv. 19
sensum 1923 Sci. Thought viii. 240
spatio-temporal, a. 1923 Sci. Thought x. 403 Sci
sufficient, a. (adv., n.) 1923 Sci. Thought xiii. 499
tele- 1962 Lect. on Psychical Res.
teleological, a. 1930 Five Types of Ethical T
tie, n. 1923 Sci. Thought ii. 75 Tak
transience 1914 Perception ii. 105 Leib
translational, a. 1923 Sci. Thought xi. 433 A
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