“We have to renounce the at first glance seductive project of improving such lexical reflection – for example, by filling in the gaps between the partial definitions through the addition of new meanings taken as that which is not stated in the previous definition. Such an effort leads nowhere, other than to an endless rewriting of the dictionary. Philosophy does not advance by a lexical improvement dedicated to the description of ordinary language as it is commonly used. Rather, it proceeds through the emergence of properly philosophical problems that slice through the simple regulating of ordinary language in terms of its use.”

– Paul Ricoeur

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