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.

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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Rorty I 293
Meaning Change/Feyerabend: Thesis: the traditional empirical position assumed a "postulate of the invariance of meaning". Feyerabend, like Th. Kuhn, wanted to show that the meaning and predictions change when a new theory arises.
 Once conceptual schemata became transient, the distinction between schema and content itself was in danger, and thus the Kantian concept of philosophy as a discipline made possible by the a priori knowledge of our own contribution to science.

I 357
Meaning Change/Feyerabend: Changes in ontology are often accompanied by conceptual changes. (PutnamVs).
Feyerabend: E.g. classical physics: the properties are inherent in the objects.
Relativity Theory: Properties are only relations. These two systems do not have a single statement in common.

I 357/358
Theory/Popper/Lakatos/Feyerabend: are theories comparable? Feyerabend: No, they have no content classes common, in which the logical relations of inclusion, exclusion, or overlapping can be established.

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.

Fe I
P. Feyerabend
Wider den Methodenzwang Frankfurt 1997

P. Feyerabend
Erkenntnis für freie Menschen Frankfurt 1979

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000

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