Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Individuation, philosophy: the picking out of an object by a determination by means of additional information which is not to be derived from a single statement which contains this object. For example, beliefs are individualized by content, not e.g. by the length of the character strings with which they are expressed. The contents of a belief are, in turn, not individuated by their repetition, but by other contents.

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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Tyler Burge
Frank I 691
Thoughts/Individuation/Burge: how are our thoughts individuated?
Thesis: many thoughts are externally individuated: they are necessarily dependent on relationships in which the person is to the physical or, in some cases, the social environment.
My thought experiments pursue the joint strategy of keeping the history of physical movement, surface stimulation and internal chemical processes constant.
I want to show that some thoughts of the person vary.
Thesis: the kind of thoughts you can have depends on the relationships in which you are.
Question: How can we know of some of our mental events directly, non-empirically
Fra I 692
when their identity depends on the environment?
A person does not need to explore their environment to know what their thoughts are.
(s) The formulation is always "what thoughts", "what kind of thoughts" that avoids the reference to truth conditions, but the content should be known.)
Frank I 700
Thoughts/Individuation/Burge: we individuate our thoughts by thinking them and not the others in self-attributing ways. This knowledge is simply not discursive but immediate.

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.

Burge I
T. Burge
Origins of Objectivity Oxford 2010

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

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

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