Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Gavagai: fantasy word from a thought experiment of W.V.O. Quine. An expression (or fragment) of a completely foreign language is not unambiguously translatable into a known language, because it is not determined, whereupon the expression of the foreign language relates. Even pointing to an object does not create unambiguity. E.g. only a part or a property of the object can be referred to. See also translation, indeterminacy, translation manual, analytical hypothesis, uncertainty, reference, meaning.
 
Author Item    More concepts for author
Brandom, Robert Gavagai   Brandom, Robert
Field, Hartry Gavagai   Field, Hartry
Lewis, David Gavagai   Lewis, David
Peacocke, Christopher Gavagai   Peacocke, Christopher
Quine, Willard Van Orman Gavagai   Quine, Willard Van Orman
Rorty, Richard Gavagai   Rorty, Richard


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