W. V. O. Quine – On what there is

If the notion of Pegasus had been so obscure or so basic a one that no pat translation into a descriptive phrase had offered itself along familiar lines, we could still have availed ourselves of the following artificial and trivial-seeming device: we could have appealed to the ex hypothesi unanalyzable, irreducible attribute of being Pegasus, adopting, for its expression, the verb „is-Pegasus‟, or „pegasizes‟. The noun „Pegasus‟ itself could then be treated as derivative, and identified after all with a description: „the thing that is-Pegasus‟, „the thing that pegasizes‟.

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