Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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.

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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.

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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