Appearance and Reality - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Looks and Appearances

Seeming Idioms

Seeming idioms have nothing strictly to do with the senses; looking idioms characteristically do. From the evidence at hand, it may appear, or look as if, there will be an economic recession within the year. The characteristic uses of seeming idioms are to express what one believes is probably the case, to refrain from committing oneself, or to express hesitancy about what is the case. (Compare G. J. Warnock, Berkeley, p. 186: "The essential function of the language of 'seeming' is that it is noncommittal as to the actual facts.") Hence, "I know that X is Y, but it appears (to me) that it is not Y" is odd or paradoxical in much the same way as is "I know that X is Y, but it may not be the case that it is." From "X appears to be Y" (though not "merely...

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