Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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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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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".

D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

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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