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Communication: In general, communication is the transmission of information between several entities (people, animals, cells) that are able to process this information. In communication, information is copied and not merely transmitted, since it is not lost at the original location. New information emerges where applicable in the individuals involved in the communication. The aim of communication is to change the information of a recipient. Human communication also includes the manner of transmission, e.g. ironic coloring of a quotation or the knowledge about the credibility of a source. See also information, language, communication theory, actions, understanding, frame theories.

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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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Communication/Quine: one generally says that what is communicated are ideas. An idea seems to have been doubled in another mind. But since we cannot see into this mind, we do not know how faithful the copy is.
Idea/Vagueness/Undefinedness/Quine: so ideas are vague, and so are we: we cannot be sure of our own ideas. >Ideas/Quine.
Solution/Quine: should we better communicate sentences about reality? Especially when the objects we are talking about are of the kind that we and our communication partners encounter them from time to time.
Words/expressions/language/language acquisition/language learning/Quine: the words are those that we have learned from each other in the presence of the same objects. They are kept fresh through repeated communication in the presence of such objects. Then we do not need any more ideas.
Problem: when we talk about e.g. absent objects that the other may have never seen before. Or, for example, a sentimental feeling about a lost object. Here we do not know where we should begin to explain it. Yet communication is undoubtedly successful.
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Solution/Quine: the words for absent have been learned in earlier contexts. Also through pictures and descriptions.
Learn/Words/Word/Quine: the various ways to learn a word are composed in a social network. Its coherence is no coincidence, because it is self-correcting.
>Language Acquisition/Quine.
Truth/Hegel: "Truth is in league with reality against consciousness".
Logic/Quine: "Logic chases truth up the tree of grammar".
Communication/Quine: is getting a little thin here!
Success/Communication/Quine: we recognize it by the fact that our communication partner behaves in a predicted way.
Abstract/Quine: the more abstract our discourse becomes, the rarer and more indeterminate become the places where we have clarity about the success of our communication.
XIII 29
Here applies: "No news are good news". That is the principle of indulgence.
It gives us an exaggerated idea of how well we have been understood. The miracle of communication somehow becomes a bit like the miracle of transubstantiation.


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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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Quine I
W.V.O. Quine
Word and Object, Cambridge/MA 1960
German Edition:
Wort und Gegenstand Stuttgart 1980

Quine II
W.V.O. Quine
Theories and Things, Cambridge/MA 1986
German Edition:
Theorien und Dinge Frankfurt 1985

Quine III
W.V.O. Quine
Methods of Logic, 4th edition Cambridge/MA 1982
German Edition:
Grundzüge der Logik Frankfurt 1978

Quine V
W.V.O. Quine
The Roots of Reference, La Salle/Illinois 1974
German Edition:
Die Wurzeln der Referenz Frankfurt 1989

Quine VI
W.V.O. Quine
Pursuit of Truth, Cambridge/MA 1992
German Edition:
Unterwegs zur Wahrheit Paderborn 1995

Quine VII
W.V.O. Quine
From a logical point of view Cambridge, Mass. 1953

Quine VII (a)
W. V. A. Quine
On what there is
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (b)
W. V. A. Quine
Two dogmas of empiricism
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (c)
W. V. A. Quine
The problem of meaning in linguistics
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (d)
W. V. A. Quine
Identity, ostension and hypostasis
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (e)
W. V. A. Quine
New foundations for mathematical logic
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (f)
W. V. A. Quine
Logic and the reification of universals
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (g)
W. V. A. Quine
Notes on the theory of reference
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (h)
W. V. A. Quine
Reference and modality
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VII (i)
W. V. A. Quine
Meaning and existential inference
In
From a Logical Point of View, , Cambridge, MA 1953

Quine VIII
W.V.O. Quine
Designation and Existence, in: The Journal of Philosophy 36 (1939)
German Edition:
Bezeichnung und Referenz
In
Zur Philosophie der idealen Sprache, J. Sinnreich (Hg), München 1982

Quine IX
W.V.O. Quine
Set Theory and its Logic, Cambridge/MA 1963
German Edition:
Mengenlehre und ihre Logik Wiesbaden 1967

Quine X
W.V.O. Quine
The Philosophy of Logic, Cambridge/MA 1970, 1986
German Edition:
Philosophie der Logik Bamberg 2005

Quine XII
W.V.O. Quine
Ontological Relativity and Other Essays, New York 1969
German Edition:
Ontologische Relativität Frankfurt 2003

Quine XIII
Willard Van Orman Quine
Quiddities Cambridge/London 1987


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