Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Aboutness, being about philosophy: The context in which this expression occurs is the reference to a linguistic expression on something beyond its linguistic level. The being-about-something makes a decisive step that distinguishes objects from everything else. Objects cannot be about something. In this sense, also individual words are to be understood as objects. In a wider sense, actions can also be about something. See also intentionality, intentions, reference, self-reference, levels, description levels, pointing, circularity, subsententials.

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Definition about/"aboutness"/Lewis: a proposition is about an object iff it applies in either or neither of any two worlds that match perfectly in terms of this subject - the other way around: just as well: two worlds fully coincide with respect to an object iff every proposition is true in both worlds or in none about this subject. - E.g. a proposition that differentiates the two, cannot be about something that is the same in both worlds. - There is no non-circular test for "aboutness" that does not refer to the language used. - Therefore, "about" is not a fundamental concept. - Also not "match in relation to".


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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.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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