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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.
 
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Rorty, Richard
 
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Richard Rorty
Brains in a Vat VI 165
Brain / Davidson / Rorty: can not lose contact with the outside world. It is irrelevant whether it is a brain in a vat! This is also true for the mind: it must always be connected to something. That can not be negated by a mentalist redescription.
VI 230
Brains in a Vat/BIV / Davidson: are right in most cases - they are not in a position to wonder if they sit by the fireplace - because they are not causally related to fireplaces.

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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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-25