Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Description: A. Characterization of singular objects or events instead of giving a name. As opposed to names descriptions are not rigid, i.e. they may refer to different objects in different worlds. - B. Linguistic form for attributing predicates according to the perceptions of objects. See also rigidity, theory of descriptions.
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Goodman, Nelson
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Descriptions I 15
Difference picture/description/Goodman: the versions that are pictures and not descriptions have no truth value (true/false, only exists for statements). Pictures cannot be linked by conjunctions.
I 23
The uniformity of nature, about which we marvel or the unreliability about which we complain, belongs to a world that we have created ourselves.
III 213
Descriptions/Goodman: differ not from pictures by that they are more arbitrary, but they tend to belong to articulated rather than to dense schemes (close: for example, real numbers, articulated/Goodman: the opposite of dense).
IV 128
Description function/Goodman: E.g. Suppose the movement of the moon. Does it rotate or does it not rotate? Well, yes and no. To say "something is moving relative to something else" does not mean that one does ascribe movement to it. (> Movement> Relativity).
IV 128
When I say that different sides of the moon are facing the sun at different times, that is not a statement about motion, halt or rotation. Movement disappears from the sphere of facts. We produce rotation or resting of the moon.
IV 129f
Fact/Goodman: All facts threaten to dissolve in convention, all nature in artifices.

N. Goodman
Weisen der Welterzeugung Frankfurt 1984

N. Goodman
Tatsache Fiktion Voraussage Frankfurt 1988

N. Goodman
Sprachen der Kunst Frankfurt 1997

N. Goodman/K. Elgin
Revisionen Frankfurt 1989

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-27