The ideality of verbal expressions

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1 (4):453-462 (1940)
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Abstract

These components are distinguishable in verbal expressing: (1) the judging act, (2) the sense expressed by (3) the verbal expression, Which is embodied in (4) sounds/marks, And (5) the thing(s) which the expression is about. The essay focuses on verbal expressions showing that they are ideal individuals: they remain identifiably the same through variations in their embodiments. While real individuals "exemplify" universals, Verbal expressions are "embodied" by real sounds or marks. Expressions, Like melodies or folk dances, Combine ideality with mutability (historical change): they are thus ideal individuals and neither "real" individuals nor ideal "universals".

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