Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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.
 
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IV 94
Change of concept/change of meaning/meaning/Theory/change of theory/Lewis: Thesis: we should say that the theoretical terms (TT) maintain the meaning they had at their first introduction.
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IV 95
This only works if we allow the theoretical terms to designate the components of the very next realization of T, of T itself - because after a correction of T, no matter how small, we will believe that the original version of T is unrealized -" because meaning is not in the mind, we need to consider the introduction - "therefore the historian of science knows more about the importance of electron than as the physicist".

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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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-27