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Nelson Goodman Quotes

Quotes by Nelson Goodman - (9 quotes)

Nelson Goodman - From the Creativity category:

We make versions, and true versions make worlds. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Obscurity category:

Any effort... to make the obscure obvious is likely to be unappealing, for the penalty of failure is confusion while the reward of success is banality. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Philosophy category:

I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there actually are in heaven and earth. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Problems category:

What intrigues us as a problem, and what will satisfy us as a solution, will depend upon the line we draw between what is already clear and what needs to be clarified. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Questions category:

An answer, once found, is dull; and the only remaining interest lies in a further effort to render equally dull what is still obscure enough to be intriguing. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Rules category:

Rules and particular inferences alike are justified by being brought into agreement with each other. A rule is amended if it yields an inference we are unwilling to accept; an inference is rejected if it violates a rule we are unwilling to amend. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Symphony category:

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Truth category:

Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with 'the world'; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous. (Nelson Goodman)

Nelson Goodman - From the Understanding category:

If we are ready to tolerate everything as understood, there is nothing left to explain; while if we sourly refuse to take anything, even tentatively, as clear, no explanation can be given. (Nelson Goodman)