|Measurements, philosophy: A) the problem of measuring is discussed in the context of interpretations of quantum mechanics. B) the comparison of D. Davidson's attribution of linguistic meanings to measurement is taken up in other theories._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
Nelson Goodman on Measurements - Dictionary of Arguments
II VI Preface (H. Putnam)
Measuring/Goodman/Putnam: for example, we call a Bacillus S-shaped when it looks like this under a microscope. Then the term is not based on observation but can be projected completely. If one "ostensively" weakens and allows the use of instruments, then, as Goodman shows, grue is ostensively definable: one only needs to build a measuring instrument on which a red light illuminates when the time is before t, and the instrument registers something green, or the time later than t, when it registers something blue. See grueness.
... If we use such a tool, we can tell if something is grue or not, without knowing the time, by looking up whether the lamp is on. Critics might argue that the instrument actually measures the time: but in a certain understanding each measuring instrument that contains internal moving parts and depends on these movements, contains an internal clock. (See also measuring).
Because what is displayed or measured, is never articulated (articulated: the opposite of dense. See Terminology/Goodman)._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Catherine Z. Elgin
Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences, Indianapolis 1988
Revisionen Frankfurt 1989
Ways of Worldmaking, Indianapolis/Cambridge 1978
Weisen der Welterzeugung Frankfurt 1984
Fact, Fiction and Forecast, New York 1982
Tatsache Fiktion Voraussage Frankfurt 1988
Languages of Art. An Approach to a Theory of Symbols, Indianapolis 1976
Sprachen der Kunst Frankfurt 1997