|Absolute: something that is not dependent on conditions. Question is there absolute rest, absolute speed? - Antonym to relative._____________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. |
Peter K. Unger on Absoluteness - Dictionary of Arguments
Stroud I 75
Absolute Terms/Skepticism/Peter Unger/Stroud: Def absolute terms/Unger: Example "flat", "empty": these are used legitimately (assertibility) in many situations even if they are not literally true. - This shows that there is no obstacle for our use and understanding of these terms. - Also "safe", for example. - StroudVsUnger: pro: this relation between meaning and use can defend skepticism, but weaker than Descartes' dream argument. - StroudVsUnger: superfluous._____________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. 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.
Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy
The Significance of philosophical scepticism Oxford 1984