|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. |
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Change of concept/change of meaning/meaning/Theory/change of theory/Lewis: Thesis: we should say that the theoretical terms maintain the meaning they had at their first introduction.
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._____________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.
Clarence Irving Lewis
Collected Papers of Clarence Irving Lewis Stanford 1970
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989
Konventionen Berlin 1975
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986
Clarence Ivar Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991