Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Theoretical terms: Theoretical terms are expressions for unobservable objects which are indirectly derived from the application of their methods by a theory, and which are in accordance with the application rules of the vocabulary of the theory. See also unobservable, observation, observation language, observation sentences, Carnap conditional, Ramsey sentence, existence.

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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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Theoretical terms: recognition of objects coincides with the mastering of statements.
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Empirical content = categorical observation sentences: linking theory with observation - two theories are equivalent if all categorical observation sentences are identical - theory implies categorical observation sentences without being implied by them.
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Theoretical terms do not even exist in categorical observation sentences.
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Theory: rewording: E.g. exchanging electron and molecule - an arbitrary empirical sentence (with theoretical term), however, will be evaluated oppositely - Mark theoretical terms and assign them to the two theories: then no problem, no relativism.
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XII 29
Comparative/Existence/language learning/Ontology/Quine: theoretical terms come into play through comparatives -smaller than this spot-" Important argument: although it is unobservable, the existence does not need to be discarded -" different: E.g. compound terms: -blue apple-: here is a non-existence of observable objects = non-existence in general -" theoretical terms: can otherwise be introduced through relative clauses or descriptions.


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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.

Q I
W.V.O. Quine
Wort und Gegenstand Stuttgart 1980

Q II
W.V.O. Quine
Theorien und Dinge Frankfurt 1985

Q III
W.V.O. Quine
Grundzüge der Logik Frankfurt 1978

Q IX
W.V.O. Quine
Mengenlehre und ihre Logik Wiesbaden 1967

Q V
W.V.O. Quine
Die Wurzeln der Referenz Frankfurt 1989

Q VI
W.V.O. Quine
Unterwegs zur Wahrheit Paderborn 1995

Q VII
W.V.O. Quine
From a logical point of view Cambridge, Mass. 1953

Q VIII
W.V.O. Quine
Bezeichnung und Referenz
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Zur Philosophie der idealen Sprache, J. Sinnreich (Hg), München 1982

Q X
W.V.O. Quine
Philosophie der Logik Bamberg 2005

Q XII
W.V.O. Quine
Ontologische Relativität Frankfurt 2003


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-21