Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Other minds, philosophy: in this context, it is about the extent to which experiences of others are recognizable to us. See also privileged access, first person, consciousness, perception, qualia, perspective, objectivity, subjectivity, inverted spectra.

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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Understanding/Foreign psychychology/attribution/Millikan: I can model the thoughts of others by making a disengaged use of words. By modeling the relation of your thoughts to the world, I come to an understanding.
My inner sentences can then have the same meaning as the representations in your head. That is, I understand by imitation.
I 203
Phlogiston/Understanding/Millikan: through such an imitation we best understand the use of the word "phlogiston" in the 18th century.
Empty term/empty expression/Millikan: N.B.: for the people of the 18th century "Phlogiston" was an empty term, but not for us! ((s) at the time, it did not designate anything, today it designates a historical use).

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 2018-06-25