Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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Chalmers, David
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David Chalmers
Brains in a Vat I 75
Gehirne im Tank/Skeptizismus/Chalmers: auch diese Probleme (wie Probleme mit der Kausalität, >Humesche Welt) entstehen aus Gründen der logischen Supervenienz, weil Tatsachen über die äußere Welt nicht logisch auf Tatsachen über unser Erleben supervenieren.

Cha I
The Conscious Mind Oxford New York 1996

Cha II
D. Chalmers
Constructing the World Oxford 2014

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-24