O blog MANA publica o ensaio “Arbitrary Claim Difficulties. One Example”, da professora Olga Pombo (CFCUL/GI3).
Arbitrary claim has serious implicationsin diverse domains of human activity. I propose to examine the question on basis of an examplein which this issue is crucial. The example concerns Thomas Hobbes defence of the arbitrariness of language, namely the arguments and counter-arguments he was obliged to put forward against those who, in his time, maintained -and still today asseverate -in favor of the opposite thesis. In 4 last notes, I signalize the contemporary relevance of that controversy.