Nice example of interpretation in logic


Justice Stephen G. Breyer agreed with Kennedy’s dissent and added his own to reinforce his view of the importance of context.”When I call out to my wife, ‘There isn’t any butter,’ I do not mean, ‘There isn’t any butter in town,’ ” Breyer wrote. “The context makes clear to her that I am talking about the contents of our refrigerator.

“That is to say, it is context, not a dictionary, that sets the boundaries of time, place and circumstances within which words such as ‘any’ will apply,” Breyer wrote.

From The Washington Post (hat tip: Leiter Reports).