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.
 
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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.
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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).

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 2017-05-29