Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Synonymy, philosophy: synonymy is the similarity of meaning of linguistic expressions. The conditions for actual equality of meaning are diverse and vary considerably, depending on the consideration of various aspects such as e.g. regional characteristics of the language use or different size of the subject area in question. See also intension, extension, identity, externalism, opacity, substitution, interpretation, translation, language usage.

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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II 113
Synonymy/Meaning/Analyticity/Fodor: there is no reason to assume that these concepts can be combined with any invariant property in the behavior of the speakers. - But not every central concept of a science must be linked to behavior - e.g. grammar. - Solution: a behavioral trait that belongs to all and only to the grammatically correct sentences. - However, this need not exist.
IV 57f
Synonymy/Analyticity/Fodor/Lepore: required when seeking an epistemic criterion of truth: E.g. that is by virtue of meaning - Even in case of Humean similarity (e.g. ideas that are similar to the same things are the same ideas) - Also with confirmation relationships for truth (Skinner, behaviorism) - Deliver the truth also with nomological relations. - (facts over meaning).

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.

J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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