Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Truth conditions: the conditions under which statements, propositions, assertions, etc. are true are called truth conditions. In order to understand a sentence, according to some theories, it is sufficient to know its truth conditions. (Compare M. Dummett, Ursprünge der analytischen Philosophie Frankfurt, 1992, p. 20). According to these theories, one can understand not only true but also false sentences. See also semantics, sentence meaning, understanding, truth, meaning.

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 95ff
Relation Theory/Mentalese/solution/Schiffer: new thesis: Suppose we are thinking in public German. - Suppose we know the truth conditions for our mental representation: namely the homophone Tarski schema "s" iff s. - Then E.g. "Reagan is a Chinese" forms the phrase on Reagan's being Chinese. - N.B.: we cannot say now what determines the truth conditions for mentalese, but we can find out empirically. - By the discovery of causal relations to things outside the head.
Problem: it cannot be accepted that any package of conceptual role/causal relation is appropriate for our own inner English.
I 98
VsSolution: problem: the assumptions are wrong or unjustifiable. - One cannot assume that Mentalese is identical with public English.

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Schi I
St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-06-20