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Indeterminacy, philosophy: An object is indeterminate if its linguistic description indicates fewer characteristics than a member of a (linguistic) community usually needs to distinguish the object from other objects. See also uncertainty of translation, vagueness, under-determinateness, inscrutability, determinateness.

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.

Author Item Summary Meta data
Indeterminacy/Correspondence/Lewis/Kit Fine/Field: Indeterminacy is not a big problem for the correspondence theory. - Solution: Supervaluation for vague languages. - On the other hand: indeterminacy is a problem for deflationism (within one's own language) (Quine). - Some authors VsQuine: the assertion of an indeterminacy within one's own language is incoherent. - indeterminacy/mathematics/Field: exists in quantity theory, but not in number theory.
II 180
Indeterminacy/reference/conceptual change/theory change/Field: Thesis: "Mass" was undefined and still is today. Two textbooks of the Special Relativity Theory can differ by understanding mass as "eigen mass" or "relativistic mass". Then this is either the same or different in all reference systems.
II 192
Indeterminacy/theory/Quine: scientific terms are meaningless outside their theory. > Immanence of truth. - Truth always only in relation to a conceptual scheme. - An objective (non-relative) concept of truth could only be attempted in terms of denotation and signification, but this cannot be done if these concepts are relative to a reference system.
FieldVsQuine: Denotation is a perfectly objective relation that exists between expressions and extra-linguistic objects.
Referential indeterminacy/Field: only shows that denotation is not well-defined in certain situations.
II 271 ff
Incorrect translation/Brandom/Field: E.g. Root - 1 not "i" and "-i". (+)
II 355
Undefined/Language/McGee/Field: = Having non-standard models. - Solution: Extension by predicate: e.g. "standard natural number".
FieldVs: that is cheating. - New axioms with new vocabulary are not better than new axioms in the old vocabulary. - Cheating: If it was to be assumed that the new predicates have certain extensions. - (Still FieldVsIndeterminism)
II 359
Indeterminacy/translation/system/Field: For example, assuming two speakers have different assumptions about natural numbers. Then the one must ultimately assume that the other has a wider concept than he himself. Problem: Asymmetry: A foreign concept, which is assumed to be a further, cannot be translated back into its own language. - ((s) There might be an unintended interpretation.) - Field: we also have indeterminacy of the reference on each side.

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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Field I
H. Field
Realism, Mathematics and Modality Oxford New York 1989

Field II
H. Field
Truth and the Absence of Fact Oxford New York 2001

Field III
H. Field
Science without numbers Princeton New Jersey 1980

Field IV
Hartry Field
"Realism and Relativism", The Journal of Philosophy, 76 (1982), pp. 553-67
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

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