Bennett and Hacker: Village Idiots or Philosophers?

Ashlie Benjamin Hocking abh2n at cobra.cs.Virginia.EDU
Wed Feb 11 08:02:10 EST 2004


"Glen M. Sizemore" <gmsizemore2 at yahoo.com> writes:
> GS: I remember that I have to give a lecture later today. If I said "I
> remembered that I gave a lecture today." you would say that I am
> "remembering the past event." By the same token if I say "I remember that I
> have to give a lecture later today." we must say that I am remembering a
> future event. That is certainly how the language game is played. Trust me.

I think that if you say "I remember that I have to give a lecture
today", then you are remembering a past event - namely that you
committed (in the past) to give a lecture today. Consider this: if a
bomb threat prevents you from giving that lecture, oes that mean you
misremembered? Most everyone would say no, you remembered that you had
to give a lecture today correctly, but something prevented you from
giving it. However, if you consider it to be a memory of a "future"
event, then clearly you misremembered it (or worse, you _lied_ about
it!).
 
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