Wednesday, November 07, 2007

5.47321 Occam’s razor is of course not an arbitrary rule, or one justified by its practical success: it says that unnecessary symbolic units mean nothing [nichts bedeuten].

Signs that fulfill a single purpose are logically equivalent, signs that fulfill no purpose are logically meaningless [bedeutungslos].

Signs in logic, and that is where signs live, have bedeutung only so far as they do something. And what they do depends on arbitrary conventions, definitions, etc.

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