Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Inscrutability, philosophy: the inscrutability of reference is an expression by W.V.O. Quine (Quine, “Word and Object”, 1960) for the problem that - even in a particular situation - it cannot be determined in principle to which object the use of an expression refers. See also uncertainty of translation, Gavagai, indeterminacy, reference, translation, pointing, ostension.

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
Lewis, David Inscrutability of reference   Lewis, David
Loar, Brian Inscrutability of reference   Loar, Brian
Newen, A./Schrenk, M. Inscrutability of reference   Newen, A./Schrenk, M.
Putnam, Hilary Inscrutability of reference   Putnam, Hilary
Quine, Willard Van Orman Inscrutability of reference   Quine, Willard Van Orman

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-10-22