Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Brains in a vat, philosophy: thought experiment of Hilary Putnam (in Reason, truth and history, New York, Cambridge University Press, 1981) in which brains are floating in a nutrient solution while the reality is simulated through electrical impulses. It is about the question whether we can be sure not to be in such a situation. See also skepticism, reference, knowledge, causal theory of knowledge.

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.
Author Item    More concepts for author
Chalmers, David Brains in a Vat   Chalmers, David
Danto, Arthur C. Brains in a Vat   Danto, Arthur C.
Davidson, Donald Brains in a Vat   Davidson, Donald
Evans, Gareth Brains in a Vat   Evans, Gareth
Nozick, Robert Brains in a Vat   Nozick, Robert
Poundstone, W. Brains in a Vat   Poundstone, W.
Putnam, Hilary Brains in a Vat   Putnam, Hilary
Rorty, Richard Brains in a Vat   Rorty, Richard
Searle, John R. Brains in a Vat   Searle, John R.

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-24