The content of a belief, when expressed in words, is the same thing (or very nearly the same thing) as what in logic is called a "proposition." A proposition is a series of words (or sometimes a single word) expressing the kind of thing that can be asserted or denied.
We may extend the term "proposition" so as to cover the image-contents of beliefs consisting of images.
"The prince is making a proposition
to you in his pupil's- I mean, his son's- name.
Deane went on speaking; he was conscious of something he had in his mind to say, which might not be agreeable to his uncle, simply because it was a new suggestion rather than an acceptance of the proposition
Descending from these general principles, we find the proposition
that in legal contemplation the Union is perpetual confirmed by the history of the Union itself.
After some negotiation and delay, therefore, they declined the proposition
that had been made to them, but subsequently despatched a party for the mouth of the Columbia, to establish a post there before any expedition sent out by Mr.
Not only did he not have the heart for it, but it did not strike him as a sporting proposition
. The workers were so easy, so stupid.
Quickly, Charles plunged into business, and Tarwater heard with great distinctness every word of Charles' unflattering description of him and the proposition
to give him passage to Dawson.
This simple proposition
will teach us how little reason there is to expect, that the persons intrusted with the administration of the affairs of the particular members of a confederacy will at all times be ready, with perfect good-humor, and an unbiased regard to the public weal, to execute the resolutions or decrees of the general authority.
They had seen in the origin and progress of the experiment, the alacrity with which the PROPOSITION
, made by a single State (Virginia), towards a partial amendment of the Confederation, had been attended to and promoted.
It is the mark of substances and of differentiae that, in all propositions
of which they form the predicate, they are predicated univocally.
Yes, Cleitophon, but he also said that justice is the interest of the stronger, and, while admitting both these propositions
, he further acknowledged that the stronger may command the weaker who are his subjects to do what is not for his own interest; whence follows that justice is the injury quite as much as the interest of the stronger.
Generally, such men in all deliberations find ease to be of the negative side, and affect a credit to object and foretell difficulties; for when propositions
are denied, there is an end of them; but if they be allowed, it requireth a new work; which false point of wisdom is the bane of business.
Both the propositions
are unjust; for if we agree with what the few propose we erect a tyranny: for if it should happen that an individual should have more than the rest who are rich, according to oligarchical justice, this man alone has a right to the supreme power; but if superiority of numbers is to prevail, injustice will then be done by confiscating the property of the rich, who are few, as we have already said.
of a parallel nature have been freely offered for my acceptance, and I have been called upon to admit that I would give Poor Law relief to anybody, anywhere, anyhow.