Stimulus Meaning Debunked
1998 (English)In: Erkenntnis, ISSN 0165-0106, E-ISSN 1572-8420, Vol. 48, no 3, 371-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
W. V. Quine appears to have introduced his notion 'stimulus meaning' for two main purposes: To define the concept of an observation sentence, and to provide criteria for translation manuals. I argue that it is not useful for any of these purposes, in part by questioning Quine's views on semantics and epistemology. I also survey some alternative purposes that the notion is supposed to serve, and argue that its utility relative to these purposes is also limited. I therefore suggest that we let the notion drop out of our philosophical toolbox.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer , 1998. Vol. 48, no 3, 371-385 p.
Quine, Donald Davidson, observation sentences, stimulus meaning, translation
Research subject Practical Philosophy; Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99702OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99702DiVA: diva2:208585