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Linguistic view/Field: does not assume any meanings as mind-independent entities - but assigns the words of a speaker to interpreter's words. - The relations are based on other characteristics - that is, on inferences that contain that word. - This is what I call "meaning-characteristic" - e.g. (rabbit in pointed brackets) has then the same characteristic of meaning (by inference) as my actual use of "rabbit" - no intentional entities are assumed.
II 160
ChurchVsLinguistic view/Translation/Field: (Church 1950): ("translation argument"): allegdly says: that if the word "lapin" means [rabbit], then it says that "lapin" means the same as "rabbit", then its German translation should be: ""lapin" means [rabbit]"" instead of ""lapin" means [Kaninchen]"" (Kaninchen, sic) - ChurchVs: but this disagrees with the purpose and normal use of translations - Schiffer dito: E.g. two monolingual German speakers: Karl is told that Pierre said something in French that is equivalent to "Schnee ist weiß" (german, sic) - Fritz : ... equivalent to "snow is white".
Problem: absurd: then Karl thinks rather than Fritz that Pierre said that Schnee ist weiß (sic, german) - but only because of the linguistic view.
FieldVsVs: the linguistic view only has to be formulated more cautiously.
Solution: > quasi-translation or > quasi-meaning.
II 162
Leeds/linguistic view/LeedsVsChurch/Meaning/Extension/Field: (Leeds, 1979): literal meaning/Leeds: E.g. the German word "bedeutet" means literally not the same as the English word "means": it does not even have the same extension. - N.B.: (hereinafter "Hund", sic) "means" refers to "Hund" and "Hund" to "Hund", but not to "dog". - "Means": "dog" refers to "dog" and "Hund" to "dog" but not to "Hund". - But: "bedeutet" and "means" are nevertheless in an important homology relation:
Homology/meaning/Field: E.g. following two predicates are extensively different:
a) "the temperature-in-Fahrenheit of x is r" and
b) "the temperature-in-celsius of x is r" - solution: this homology makes it sensibly to translate "bedeutet Hund" as "means dog" - Leeds: the literal meaning is not important. We cannot get it. - Field dito - DummettVsChurch: that undermines his argument.
II 165
Linguistic view: Alternative to it:
a) to assume that that-sentences do not denote and "means that" are "believes that" operators - E.g. inference of "Susan believes that E = mc²" to "Susan believes Einstein's theory". - Then the first is only the abbreviation of the second. - Then that-sentences are still singular terms.
b) That-sentences and parentheses refer to intentional entities.

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.

Field I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Field II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Field III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

Field IV
Hartry Field
"Realism and Relativism", The Journal of Philosophy, 76 (1982), pp. 553-67
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

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