|Observation language: a language that does not use any terms of a theory and therefore would be neutral, is taken to be impossible by most authors. See also experiments, theoretical terms, theoretical entities, theories, descriptions._____________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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Observation language/Lewis: Vs separation in object language and theoretical language - Lewis pro theoretical entities.
Theoretical terms/Lewis: one could call my suggestion one for the elimination of theoretical terms. But it would be better to see it as a defence: to define them, to show that there is no good reason to work without them.
They are then no less well understood and interpreted than the old ones.
Observation language/Lewis: I do not intend to define theoretical terms in an observation language, whatever that should be at all. Some statements report observations and some do not. But I don't know of any special section of language reserved for observation reports. I do not understand what a theoretical term should be as a counterpart to an observation concept. (Although I think I understand what a theoretical term is.
Understanding: I do not mean "knowing how to analyse the term". _____________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