Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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
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: therefore convention! - in contrast, mass of an electron: no 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 no reason to believe that they are a property of the world.

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

B. Russell
Das ABC der Relativitätstheorie Frankfurt 1989

B. Russell
Probleme der Philosophie Frankfurt 1967

B. Russell
Die Philosophie des logischen Atomismus
Eigennamen, U. Wolf (Hg), Frankfurt 1993

B. Russell
Wahrheit und Falschheit
Wahrheitstheorien, G. Skirbekk (Hg), Frankfurt 1996

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