Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Observation language: a language that does not use any terms of a theory and therefore would be neutral, is taken to be impossible by most authors. See also experiments, theoretical terms, theoretical entities, theories, descriptions.

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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I 13
Observational concepts/Millikan: we have much more of it than we commonly assume.
For them there are good tests - although they are fallible, which are independent of our theories.
I 307
Observation Language/Learning/Quine/Word and Object/W + O/Millikan:
If a general term is learned by induction from observation instances, these instances must be similar in two ways:
1. From the point of view of the learner, they must be sufficiently similar from time to time,
2. From different points of view. So that teachers and students can talk about the same.
E.g. "a square perpendicular to the line of sight" is nothing that can be shared by two people.

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.

Millk I
R. G. Millikan
Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-05-28