Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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.

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I 231
Indeterminacy of translation: Rorty: irreducibility is always mere irreducibility and never sign of an "ontological difference." There are countless vocabularies in the language.
VI 63
Indeterminacy of translation/translation vagueness/Putnam/Rorty: we should see it as "interest relativity of translation". This is not contrary to objectivity, but to absoluteness -
VI 209
Indeterminacy of translation/Quine: is something quite different from the vagueness of the theory: the differences between various psychological explanations - as opposed to the differences between various biological explanations - are inconsequential in terms of the movement of elementary particles!

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.

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000

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