|Meaning change/semantic change: this is about the question whether the meaning of the terms of a theory change in the light of new knowledge. If they do, problems with incommensurability may arise. See also reference, incommensurability, progress, comparisons._____________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. |
Thomas S. Kuhn on Meaning Change - Dictionary of Arguments
Change of concept/Change of meaning/Kuhn: There is an obligation to alter the meaning of fixed and familiar concepts.
Change of meaning/Change of concept/Change of theory/Kuhn: Before Copernicus, the sun was also called "planet". - Then they did not only learn the meaning of "planet" or what the sun was, but the meaning of "planet" changed - in a way that they could continue to make a useful distinction.
The same procedures now give evidence of very different aspects.
Meaning change/change of concept/Kuhn: Because the vocabularies of discussions about new theories consist mainly of the same expressions, some of these expressions must be applied differently to nature - hence the superiority of one theory over another cannot be proven in discussion._____________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.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago 1962
Die Struktur wissenschaftlicher Revolutionen Frankfurt 1973