Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Electron example: a representative for thought experiments related to unobservable entities and consequences of unobservability for the construction of theories. See also theories, observation terms, observation language, unobservable, theoretical terms, theoretical entities, theory language.

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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Rorty VI 198/99
We get paradoxical consequences if one denies that there were truths in terms of photons before the appearance of the word "photon". Example: chain of inferences:
1 Five million years ago there were photons
2 It was then the case that there were photons
3 It is true that it was the case at that time that there were photons
4 It was true then, that there were photons.
Rorty: because there is of course nothing wrong, but there were philosophers who criticized it: Heidegger: "before Newton Newton's laws have been neither true nor false."

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.

Bra I
R. Brandom
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000

Bra II
R. Brandom
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-05-26