Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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II 34
Presentation/McGinn: ideas explain nothing. The idea of a specific connection in the brain cannot be used as an explanation of the operation, because this connection could also be different.
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II 83
Definition Presentation/McGinn: An idea is nothing more than a set of properties that we ascribe to a thing.
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II 144
Room/McGinn: it is an even more radical approach than the above conceivable: namely, that we are completely wrong with our idea of what is actually space. "Space" is for us only a label for something out there, it does not carry a substantive statement about the properties of the medium named by it. The mind does not have length and width. We only perceive the room through the senses, but that says nothing about how it really is.

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McG I
C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McG II
C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-25