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.

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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Stephen Schiffer

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Theoretical Term/Folk Psychology/Lewis/Shiffer: Theoretical Term get their meaning from the roles they play in the theory that they introduce. - Verbs for propositional attitudes get their meaning through their functional role. - Folk Psychology/Schiffer: a few years ago represented by all stringent materialists. - Today represented by no one - SchifferVsFolk Psychology: no common sense theory has the means to define belief/desires. - It would have to formulate law-like generalizations - We do not wish in everyday life to rely on psychological laws. - LewisVsVs: there must be laws covering.
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SchifferVsCovering laws - solution: we attribute belief under certain conditions, even without laws. - Folk Psychology: 3 types of generalization: 1. functional roles for influencing beliefs among themselves - 2. input conditions for perception. (They cannot be part of common knowledge.). - 3. output conditions for actions. - Problem: E.g. blind people can have our belief, but not our folk psychology.

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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