Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Sugar Trail Example: John Perry's thought experiment (J. Perry, The Problem of the Essential Indexical, 1979, Nous 13(1)3-21.). Perry wants to inform a supermarket customer, that he leaves a sugar trail behind him with his shopping car. After a tour through the market, he realizes that he himself is this customer. See also index words, reference, objectivity, ostension, identification, specification, self-ascription.

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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Frank I 417F
Supermarket-Example/Perry: (Sugar trail, "Mess in the supermarket" - someone notes that it was he himself who has made a mess) - opinion context: the reader, now - judgement context: the man at the supermarket. - Problem: the mere fact that I considered the proposition that I make a mess at any time for true, does not explain why I stopped. - The reader feels the same way and does not stop the cart. - N.B.: for me opinion context and judgement context coincide - but it is not a solution, because self-identification cannot do without a sentence with "I".
I 421f
Wanderer/supermarket/Perry: Solution: distinction opinion state/opinion: E.g. opinion state: "The event will begin" - "it begins now" - "it has begun" - opinion: all the time I believe that it starts at 12:00 - opinion state: for all the same (with index word) - opinion: different: not the same relation to the same subject. - VsTradition: if it were different, we would all have to expect a common believed proposition if all are in the same opinion state. - Normally one will adjust his opinion states when one goes from one context to the other to preserve his opinions.

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.

Perr I
J. R. Perry
Identity, Personal Identity, and the Self 2002

Fra I
M. Frank (Hrsg.)
Analytische Theorien des Selbstbewusstseins Frankfurt 1994

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