|Language, philosophy: language is a set of phonetic or written coded forms fixed at a time for the exchange of information or distinctions within a community whose members are able to recognize and interpret these forms as signs or symbols. In a wider sense, language is also a sign system, which can be processed by machines. See also communication, language rules, meaning, meaning change, information, signs, symbols, words, sentences, syntax, semantics, grammar, pragmatics, translation, interpretation, radical interpretation, indeterminacy._____________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. |
Pierre Duhem on Language - Dictionary of Arguments
Language of Physics/Duhem: is not the representation of the observed facts.
Technical language: e.g. Seemann says, "remove Bram and Oberbram!" The officer's words are for the crew the names of concrete, clearly defined objects, a well-known maneuver. This is for the initiate the effect of a technical expression.
Quite different is the language of the physicist: For example, when the pressure is increased by a certain number of atmospheres, the electromotive force of the column is increased by a certain number of volts. This can be realized in a myriad of different ways._____________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. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
La théorie physique, son objet et sa structure, Paris 1906
Ziel und Struktur der physikalischen Theorien Hamburg 1998