Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Meaning change/semantic change: this is about the question whether the meaning of the terms of a theory change in the light of new knowledge. If they do, problems with incommensurability may arise. See also reference, incommensurability, progress, comparisons.
 
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Cavell II St. Cavell Müssen wir meinen was wir sagen? aus Grewendorf/Meggle Linguistik und Phil. Frankfurt (Athenäum) 1974/1995

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Meaning/meaning change/concept change/to mean/Cavell: the opponents of Socrates did not have to take their definitions back because they did not know what their words meant, but because they knew what they meant, and therefore they knew that Socrates had entangled them into Paradoxes.
How could I be involved in paradoxes if I could mean what I want with my words?
Socrates' conversation partners, however, were not clear what they were saying or what they really said, and therefore they did not know what they meant!

Cav I
St. Cavell
Die Unheimlichkeit des Gewöhnlichen Frankfurt 2002


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-28