Huston Smith Quote

All human thought proceeds through words, so if words are askew, thought cannot proceed aright. When Confucius says that nothing is more important than that a father be a father, that a ruler be a ruler, he is saying that we must know what we mean when we use those words. But equally important, the words must mean the right things. Rectification of Names is the call for a normative semantics—the creation of a language in which key nouns carry the meanings they should carry if life is to be well ordered.


On Confucian values. - The World's Religions (1991)

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All human thought proceeds through words, so if words are askew, thought cannot proceed aright. When Confucius says that nothing is more important...

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All human thought proceeds through words, so if words are askew, thought cannot proceed aright. When Confucius says that nothing is more important...

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All human thought proceeds through words, so if words are askew, thought cannot proceed aright. When Confucius says that nothing is more important...

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All human thought proceeds through words, so if words are askew, thought cannot proceed aright. When Confucius says that nothing is more important...