Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Basic Concept: theories differ in what terms they choose as the basic concepts, which are not further defined. A definition of these concepts within the theory would be circular and may cause > paradoxes. E.g. The theory of mind by G. Ryle is based on the concept of disposition, other theories presuppose mental objects. See also paradoxes, theories, terms, definitions, definability, systems, explanations.
Author Item Excerpt Meta data
Schiffer, Stephen
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Basic Concepts I 10
Basic Concept/Infinite/Schiffer: a theory cannot have an infinite number of basic concepts - E.g. therefore "Kripke refers to Kripke" cannot be a primitive, naked fact.
I 216
Basic Concept/Schiffer: for a basic concept there must be an axiom and a set of conditions - problem: therefore, "believes" cannot be a basic concept, because there are infinitely many conditional clauses or axioms needed - (> propositional stance) - "thinks" is not a basic concept, yet semantically simple, but does not fulfill certain conditions and denotes nothing.

Schi I
St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-30