Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Elm/Beech example, philosophy: thought experiment of H. Putnam (Putnam, H. Reason, truth and history, Cambridge, 2008). The speaker cannot distinguish elms and beeches, but he knows that both are different trees. What is the status of his knowledge? Putnam draws the conclusion that meanings are not in the head. See also reference, knowledge, causal theory, meaning, thought experiments.
 
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Searle, John R.
 
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Elm/Beech Example II 254f
Meaning: Searle: in the head, satisfaction conditions of intentionality - Putnam: are not in the head, - conditions in the world are decisive - indexical determination, not concept fixes the meaning - Searle: meaning not determined by ideolect - elm/beech, Twin Earth, regional dialects.

S I
J. R. Searle
Die Wiederentdeckung des Geistes Frankfurt 1996

S II
J.R. Searle
Intentionalität Frankfurt 1991

S III
J. R. Searle
Die Konstruktion der gesellschaftlichen Wirklichkeit Hamburg 1997

S IV
J.R. Searle
Ausdruck und Bedeutung Frankfurt 1982

S V
J. R. Searle
Sprechakte Frankfurt 1983


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-28