Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Electron example: a representative for thought experiments related to unobservable entities and consequences of unobservability for the construction of theories. See also theories, observation terms, observation language, unobservable, theoretical terms, theoretical entities, theory language.
 
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Brandom, Robert
 
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Electron Example Rorty VI 198/99
We get paradoxical consequences if one denies that there were truths in terms of photons before the appearance of the word "photon". Example: chain of inferences:
1 Five million years ago there were photons
2 It was then the case that there were photons
3 It is true that it was the case at that time that there were photons
4 It was true then, that there were photons.
Rorty: because there is of course nothing wrong, but there were philosophers who criticized it: Heidegger: "before Newton Newton's laws have been neither true nor false."

Bra I
R. Brandom
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000

Bra II
R. Brandom
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001

Ro I
R. Rorty
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997

Ro II
R. Rorty
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000

Ro III
R. Rorty
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992

Ro IV
R. Rorty
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993

Ro V
R. Rorty
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998

Ro VI
R. Rorty
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000


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