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Lewis, David
 
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Radical Interpretation V 108ff
Radical Interpretation/RI/Lewis: two aspects: 1) understanding the other person - 2) understanding their language - a) how the other person expresses the content - b) how this content would be expressed in our language - e.g. Karl as a physical system provides us with the whole truth about Karl - even about his history.
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IV 110
I do not ask how do we determine the facts, but how the facts determine the facts - omniscient point of view: we can take it as long as we can also give it up again.
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IV 111
Even if all mental and semantic facts about Karl are determined by the physical facts, it does not follow that they can be represented in the language of physics.
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IV 112
If he has propositional attitudes, it is analytic that they are more or less in conformity with the limiting principles by which these concepts are defined.
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IV 113
We assume a system of basal intrinsic values, which is similar to ours and which leads to similar beliefs and desires in Karl.
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IV 117
Radical Interpretation/RI/Lewis: problem: too much emphasis is placed on language as the vehicle of the manifestation of belief and belief as manifested in the speech- and too little emphasis on language as a social practice. - Solution: observe the behavior first and do not pay attention to the foreign language.
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IV 117f
Radical Interpretation/RI/Lewis: We’re not interested in a practical solution in the end, we want to know how the semantic and mental facts are determined by the physical facts.
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IV118
What matters: 1) What is the problem of radical interpretation after all. - ) The amount of the limitations by which it is solved and the source of their limiting power - 3) the presupposition that the physical facts determine the mental and the semantic facts - 4) the extent of their determination. - Problem: the truth conditions for whole sentences are not sufficient to determine all subsentential meanings of what is foreign.
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IV 119
Shifted pain: we have take the causal role in Karl community as a basis, not in the individual Karl.
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IV 120
Being different: means to be in a way that the best scheme for their kind attributes these attitudes to them - if there is no uniform best scheme, Karl's attitudes and opinions are indeterminate to the degree to which there are conflicts.
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IV 121
Radical Interpretation/RI/Intrinsic/Meaning//Lewis: E.g. assuming strong individual deviations: the mental states of someone are the intrinsic states in which he is. Nevertheless, what makes them the states - what makes them take the causal role that they are taking - is not entirely intrinsic. To a certain extent it has to do with others of its kind. But this extent is limited, because most cases are not so extraordinary.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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