Do you guys know how to properly use quotation marks?
>David Foster Wallace is named "David Foster Wallace".
London is made of six letters drawn on a map; the city no longer exists outside of the abstract.
It's unfair to define Barack Obama by his race over his performance as president.
Sex is a word whispered in one's ear, a light kiss on the neck, and a feeling of incredible intimacy.
i think you forgot the quotation marks, because those are all backwards
>London is a city
>"London" has 6 letters
>Sex is an act
>"Sex" is a word
>"Barack Obama" is the name of the current president of the USA, Barack Obama.
It's not a concept, it's a function from words to names of these words. Nor is it "crucial" to one's ability to make meaningful statements. It's a trivial little thing that most first-year undergrads pick up in their first philosophy of language class. Stop fantasizing about trivialities like these and develop your problem-solving skills if you ever want to succeed and make a name for yourself in contemporary analytic philosophy. You won't derive the axioms of ZFC from an obscure little system of mereology like David Lewis did by spending your time on a Chinese image board. Just fucking quit fantasizing and get good; get really, really good. I recommend getting a MSc, or at least a BSc, in Mathematics.
I'm actually a law student, and I did pick it up in a 1st year undergrad philosophy class.
Just figured I'd share it with /lit/. I tutor undergrads and you would not believe how many of them put words in quotations in their papers to add emphasis, when they should be restructuring the sentence or finding the correct words to describe what they want to say. The error is, in my opinion, an extension of the "very" or "really" syndrome. For example, when people write "very good" or "really good" when they should be using "great".