Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
Roles, philosophy: the expression role is usually used with an addition such as causal role, functional role, etc. It is signaled that a certain openness is required for a yet outstanding specification for a function within a system. In other words, there is a lack of knowledge concerning the object that performs the function. Linguistically, this is expressed by formulations like "Whatever plays the… role". An example from the philosophy of mind is the causal role of pain. See also functionalism.

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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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III 96
Meaning/Meaning Theory/m.Th./Understanding/Dummett: to understand the meaning of an expression is to understand its role in the language - not just translation.
III 97
A meaning theory must be built as a theory of understanding.
III 98
If the theory only provides an explanation of other contexts, in which we use the word "meaning", for example, "X has the same meaning as Y" or "X has a meaning", then it constitutes no theory of understanding.


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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.

Du I
M. Dummett
Ursprünge der analytischen Philosophie Frankfurt 1992

Du III
M. Dummett
Wahrheit Stuttgart 1982


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-23