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Stimulus Meaning Debunked
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.
1998 (English)In: Erkenntnis, ISSN 0165-0106, E-ISSN 1572-8420, Vol. 48, no 3, 371-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Dordrecht: Springer , 1998. Vol. 48, no 3, 371-385 p.
Keyword [en]
Quine, Donald Davidson, observation sentences, stimulus meaning, translation
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Philosophy Philosophy
Research subject
Practical Philosophy; Theoretical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99702OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99702DiVA: diva2:208585
Available from: 2009-03-18 Created: 2009-03-18 Last updated: 2010-11-23Bibliographically approved

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