cpgray at library.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Sep 11 09:26:38 EDT 2006
On Sat, 9 Sep 2006, Charles Silver wrote:
> P.S. It's odd, isn't it, that such a wordsmith as Quine would use
> the term "literal". I don't get it.
What exactly is your objection to the use of the term?
I presume you're thinking of the term as used of a literal translation or
a literal interpretation of the law. However, the most literal meaning
of the term is "of or pertaining to letters of the alphabet; of the nature
of letters, alphabetical" coming from the Latin _littera_, 'letter'.
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