Events and Actual Occasions

  • Louis O. Kattsoff


There are many things to be said about the ultimate structure of what there is that cannot be derived merely from an analysis of the structure of the language in which we strive to speak about it. After all, what the real is like is not determined by our language, but, as I have repeatedly urged, the converse is true. In fact much more can be said. Language is built upon intuition and what is to be said in a language must first be intuited. This seems to me to be true even if we find no temporal priority between intuition and language. There is a sense in which we do not and cannot change our intuition but in which we can and do change our language.


True Statement Linguistic Expression Meaningful Statement Major Premise Temporal Priority 
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  1. 1.
    carl G. Hempel and Paul Oppenheim, “The Logic of Explanation” Philosophy of Science, Vol. 15, 1954.Google Scholar

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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis O. Kattsoff
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaUSA

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