Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
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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V 37
Elm/beech/Putnam: reference without distinction - Reference: socially, not private - "elm" refers in my language to the same as with any other: to elms! Term not the same as reference - I just made no difference in the concept of a beech.
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II 69
Elm/beech/Putnam: mental representations are floating descriptions, no meanings - mental representation does not specify the reference -> twin earth - no synonymity: French and German have different representations: Baum/arbre - representations have no intrinsic relation.


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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.

Pu I
H. Putnam
Von einem Realistischen Standpunkt Frankfurt 1993

Pu II
H. Putnam
Repräsentation und Realität Frankfurt 1999

Pu III
H. Putnam
Für eine Erneuerung der Philosophie Stuttgart 1997

Pu IV
H. Putnam
Pragmatismus Eine offene Frage Frankfurt 1995

Pu V
H. Putnam
Vernunft, Wahrheit und Geschichte Frankfurt 1990


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