|Principle of Charity: demand by Neil L. Wilson (Wilson, “Substances without Substrata, The Review of Metaphysics”, 12 (4), 521-539), in the interpretation of expressions by other people to assume rationality, i.e. conclusive, coherent and true conduct in these people. The principle was taken up and further developed by D. Davidson (Davidson, “On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme, Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation”, Oxford 1974).|
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Principle of Charity/Wilson: E.g. someone who is erroneously using a name wrong, still refers to the one, he really meant. - PutnamVsWilson: the principle should only apply to real situations - also beliefs should be distinguished by relevance.
Phenomena have priority during the reference - that means, if there were Bohr electrons in the other half of the universe, Bohr would nevertheless refer to our electrons. - Contribution of the environment: it follows that XYZ (on twin earth) just looks like water, but it is not water.
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