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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.

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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. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Unger I
P. Unger
Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy

Stroud I
B. Stroud
The Significance of philosophical scepticism Oxford 1984

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