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Radical interpretation, philosophy: is an expression for a family of thought experiments, which has the object of the translation of a completely foreign language into the language of the interpreter, which the interpreter does not understand at all. See also translation, indeterminacy, Gavagai.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Radical interpretation/RI/Schiffer: in it we seek explicit propositional knowledge: Davidsonians: no translation: this is possible without understanding a language - ((s) mechanically comparing pairs of sentences.) - Davidson: we have to have a meaning theory for the own language - SchifferVsDavidson: for the radical interpretation a theory of translation is possible - we do not need a meaning theory for the native language, because we do not need compositional semantics - solution: psychological model.


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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.

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St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-10-22