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Measurements, philosophy: A) the problem of measuring is discussed in the context of interpretations of quantum mechanics. B) the comparison of D. Davidson's attribution of linguistic meanings to measurement is taken up in other theories.

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Bertrand Russell on Measurements - Dictionary of Arguments

B. Russell, ABC of Relativity 138
Measuring/Russell: always contains an element of convention - E.g. size of an electron: we always have to make two comparisons: - 1) between an electron at different times - 2) two electrons at the same time. Absurd: to assume that all the electrons were bigger or smaller in a different area - that would also affect the measuring device - therefore it would not be detectable. Size of an electron: is therefore a convention. In contrast, the mass of an electron is not a convention! - Because we can compare the effects of two electrons on a third one - if it is the same under the same circumstances, we can infer equality of mass which is not based on convention.
II 140
Symmetry conditions/Russell: can be produced completely by measuring conventions - therefore there is no reason to believe that they are a property of the world.


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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.

Russell I
B. Russell/A.N. Whitehead
Principia Mathematica Frankfurt 1986

Russell II
B. Russell
The ABC of Relativity, London 1958, 1969
German Edition:
Das ABC der Relativitätstheorie Frankfurt 1989

Russell IV
B. Russell
The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford 1912
German Edition:
Probleme der Philosophie Frankfurt 1967

Russell VI
B. Russell
"The Philosophy of Logical Atomism", in: B. Russell, Logic and KNowledge, ed. R. Ch. Marsh, London 1956, pp. 200-202
German Edition:
Die Philosophie des logischen Atomismus
In
Eigennamen, U. Wolf (Hg), Frankfurt 1993

Russell VII
B. Russell
On the Nature of Truth and Falsehood, in: B. Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford 1912 - Dt. "Wahrheit und Falschheit"
In
Wahrheitstheorien, G. Skirbekk (Hg), Frankfurt 1996


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