Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Protocol sentence, philosophy of science: A protocol sentence is a sentence that documents an observation together with the place and time, as well as (eventually) the observation facilities and experimental conditions used. Problems arise in connection with differences in relation to the possible subject domain and the terms used when different theories or theory extensions are applied. Other descriptions are basic or observational sentences. See also theory-ladenness of meaning, empiricism, observation sentence, observation language, theoretical entities, theoretical terms.
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protocol sentence / Hempel : compared to them even singular assertions have the character of hypotheses - I 100 it follows : CarnapVsTractatus : truth / falsity of all statements can no longer be defined by reference to the truth of certain basic statements ( because they are indeed hypotheses) - the ( significance criterion is too narrow ) -> also p.s. are no longer unassailable - I 102 Schlick : not completely without basic sentences , otherwise > relativism - I 104 SchlickVsCarnap / VsNeurath : the thesis that a statement is true if it is proven by p.s. sufficiently leads to absurd results , if the idea is absolutely true p.s. is declined - there are obviously many different systems of p.s. - by Carnap and Neurath each of these different , incompatible systems were true - I 105 Carnap : to bring forth true p.s. we learn through conditioning: meters properly read , etc. - I 106 in the new form of Carnap s theory p.s. are even more radically stripped their base character: they lose their irrefutability - Popper : statements of all Forms may occur as p.s. - I 107 at the end they are superfluous
C.G. Hempel
I Hempel Zur Wahrheitstheorie des logischen Positivismus aus Wahrheitsheorien Hrsg. Skirbekk Frankfurt/M 1996

II Hempel Probleme und Modifikationen des empiristischen Sinnkriteriums aus Sinnreich (Hg) Philosophie der idealen Sprache, München 1982

II (b) Hempel Der Begriff der kognitiven Signifikanz: eine erneute Betrachtung (1951) aus Sinnreich (Hg) Philosophie der idealen Sprache, München 1982

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-29