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My reason for denying them, however, was not that they were severally open to objections, but that they all presupposed what I have called the principle of propositional logic; and this principle I denied altogether. For a logic of propositions I wanted to substitute ' a proposition to logical form', and ending, for the present, in the typographical jargon of Principia Mathernatica. Q U E S T I O N A N D ANSWER 37 what I called a logic of question and answer. It seemed to me that truth, if that meant the kind of thing which I was accustomed to pursue in my ordinary work as a philosopher or historian-truth in the sense in which a philosophical theory or an historical narrative is called true, which seemed to me the proper sense of the word-was something that belonged not to any single proposition, nor even, as the coherence-theorists maintained, to a complex of propositions taken together; but to a complex consisting of questions and answers.
Those questions need not be his own; they may belong to a thought-complex very different from any that is spontaneously going on in his own mind; but this ought not to prevent him from understanding them and judging whether the persons interested in them are answering them rightly or wrongly. This view makes it a point of honour for any philosopher holding it to take part in the discussion of problems that are not his own problems, and to help in the working-out of philosophies that are not his own philosophy.
Where it becomes general discussion it is an outrage. One of the company reads a paper, and the rest discuss it with a fluency directly proportional to their ignorance. T o shine on such occasions one should have a rather obtuse, insensitive mind and a ready tongue. Whatever may be true of parrots, philosophers who cannot talk probably think the more, and those who think a lot certainly talk the less. It was not so very unfortunate, therefore, that when I took part in these weekly arguments the problems had always to be other people's problems and the methods of handling them other people's methods; and that if I tried to raise the problems which I found especially interesting, or to conduct a discussion according to what I thought the right methods, I was met by a greater or less degree of incomprehension, or by the well-known symptoms of an outraged philosophical conscience.