Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Description: A. Characterization of singular objects or events instead of giving a name. As opposed to names descriptions are not rigid, i.e. they may refer to different objects in different worlds. - B. Linguistic form for attributing predicates according to the perceptions of objects. See also rigidity, theory of 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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Action is description-dependent (Mary-example) - events are description-independent.

K. Glüer, Davidson zur Einführung, 1993
II 101
Description/Event/Davidson: E.g. Mary shot at the burglar, but he dies much later - identity theory of the events: Problem: the same action - solution: these are descriptions of the same event tokens - Mary only has to pull the trigger, the rest does the nature.
Frank I 675
Description/Identity/Externalism/Davidson: Problem: For example, the sunburn, although as such only describable in relation to the sun, is identical with a condition of my skin that can be described without reference to external factors.

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. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994

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