Never Let Yourself Be Goaded￼
September 30, 2009
“Never let yourself be goaded into taking seriously problems about words and their meanings. What must be taken seriously are questions of fact, and assertions about facts; theories and hypotheses; the problems they solve; and the problems they raise.” – Karl Popper, Unended Quest, An Intellectual Autobiography Routledge Classic, 1992. New York This would be comment on philosophical writing of course, but ‘Never let yourself be goaded’, is a wonderful suggestion, and given the shortishness of our lives, I would endorse the idea that not taking seriously problems about words and their meanings, rather than problems about what the words signify is sound advice.