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7. Shifting standards?

7. Shifting standards?  

Jennifer Nagel

in Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2014
Published Online: 
Sep 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779916
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199661268.003.0007
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199661268
7. Shifting standards? Counting on context Some words are slippery. Every night, the word ‘tomorrow’ slides forward to pick out a different day of the week. ‘Here’ designates a different place depending on where you are standing. ‘I’ stands for someone different depending on who is speaking; and ‘this’ could be anything at all. Words like ‘big’ and ‘small’ are also tricky: a morbidly obese mouse is in some sense big, but in another sense still small. What about the verb ‘to know’? Is it possible that it also shifts around in some interesting way?

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