Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Absolute: something that is not dependent on conditions. Question is there absolute rest, absolute speed? - Antonym to relative.

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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.

 
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Absolute/relative/vagueness/Unger/Lewis: E.g. (Peter Unger): you could say there is really nothing that is really smooth - sure the pavement is flat, but the desk is still smoother - Lewis pro: suppose that for no description of the relative vagueness of "smooth" and "smoother" it is true that something is smoother than something that is smooth - score keeping/vagueness/Lewis: the correct answer is that he changed their score. - The approximation rule allows Unger to create a context in which everything he says is true - but that does not prove that something is wrong in our everyday contexts.


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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.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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