Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Simplicity philosophy: is not definable. E.g. One could try to define the simplicity of an object by the fact that the subject requires the shortest description. This is bound to fail, because the symbols used in the description in turn may refer to complex entities. See also unity, complexity, descriptions.

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II 43
Simplicity/Putnam: relativity theory does not claim that we live in the simplest world. - ((s) only the relativity theory is for our world the simplest theory. Newton's theory would be more complicated for actual observations.)
II 46f
Simplicity/theory/Putnam: the simplest theory is usually wrong. - E.g. three points of a road are in line: wrong: that the road is then straight. - ((s) The procedure, to find three such points on a meandering road, presupposes in turn an additional theory.) - Putnam: that we reject the theory is related to that we assume it is easier to build roads, which are not always straight. - It is about plausibility, not simplicity.

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.

Pu I
H. Putnam
Von einem Realistischen Standpunkt Frankfurt 1993

H. Putnam
Repräsentation und Realität Frankfurt 1999

H. Putnam
Für eine Erneuerung der Philosophie Stuttgart 1997

H. Putnam
Pragmatismus Eine offene Frage Frankfurt 1995

Pu V
H. Putnam
Vernunft, Wahrheit und Geschichte Frankfurt 1990

SocPut I
Robert D., Putnam
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community New York 2000

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