Philosophy 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 Talski 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 German.
I 98
VsSolution: problem: the assumptions are wrong or unjustifiable. - One cannot assume that Mentalese is identical with public German.

Schi I
St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-26