Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Elm/Beech example, philosophy: thought experiment of H. Putnam (Putnam, H. Reason, truth and history, Cambridge, 2008). The speaker cannot distinguish elms and beeches, but he knows that both are different trees. What is the status of his knowledge? Putnam draws the conclusion that meanings are not in the head. See also reference, knowledge, causal theory, meaning, thought experiments.
 
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Elm/Beech/Putnam: most people have no idea how they differ, yet the two are therefore not synonymous: we know that they refer to two different types of trees.

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St. Pinker
Wie das Denken im Kopf entsteht M√ľnchen 1998


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-29