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    Default "in the strong sense" meaning

    Could any of you please help me to understand the meaning of the idiom "in the strong sense" referred to the usage of an expression?

    i.e.: ...in the strong sense of the word...

    Thank you all

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    Jiho

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    Default Re: "in the strong sense" meaning

    "strong sense" doesn't say much to me. Literal sense, figurative sense...
    Last edited by bianca; 09-Jul-2007 at 16:04.

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    Default Re: "in the strong sense" meaning

    Thanks Bianca,

    That is the actual problem for me, i am looking this up in every dictionary on my shelves and the internet and cannot find a suitable translation into spanish, but it seems to be used very commonly. And i cannot even get the meaning from the context.

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    Default Re: "in the strong sense" meaning

    Here you have an example taken from scientism

    "Scientism, in the strong sense, is the self-annihilating view that only scientific claims are meaningful, which is not a scientific claim and hence, if true, not meaningful".

    Any help, please?

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    Default Re: "in the strong sense" meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by jiho View Post
    Here you have an example taken from scientism

    "Scientism, in the strong sense, is the self-annihilating view that only scientific claims are meaningful, which is not a scientific claim and hence, if true, not meaningful".

    Any help, please?
    Hi Jiho,


    what is the weak sense in your sentence? well, it makes me a little confused. Check out these two sentences, maybe you get the point with the strong/weak sense of smth.

    1. Critical thinking in the strong sense expects a person to be able to reason across categories, and to see other viewpoints. (it carries more weight, demands more of a thinker)

    2. Critical thinking in the weak sense expects a person to be aware of their own biases and assumptions.

    (at least so, less demanding, maybe...)
    Last edited by bianca; 09-Jul-2007 at 17:48.

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    Default Re: "in the strong sense" meaning

    Dear Bianca,

    Not only did i get that point, but also found its source from the clearly philosophical context of your example about the "strong/weak sense" dichotomy.
    It seems to come from the early mainstream of the classical thinking (from Plato to Kant or Hegel) and that is the reason for the difficulty to find the meaning in the dictionary...
    It was not an idiom, but a technical term.

    Thank you so much!

    Regards

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