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21. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
Alan Zaitchik Intentionalism and Computional Psychology
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Intentionalism must be distinguished from computational psychology. The former is a mentalist-realist metatheoretical stance vis-a-vis the latter, which is a research programme devoted to the construction of informationally-characterized simulation models for human behavior, perception, cognition, etc. Intentionalism has its attractive aspects, but unfortunately it is plagued by severe conceptual difficulties. Recent attempts to justify the intentionalist interpretation of computational models, by J.A. Fodor and by C. Graves, J.J. Katz et al., fail to secure a conceptually adequate and genuinely intentional sense for the intentional idiom they employ.
22. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
G. James Jason Notes Toward a Formal Conversation Theory
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Dialectic, as commonly approached, is not an analytic study, as the notion is defined in the paper. Where it is analytically approached (as, for example, by Grice and Hamblin), the result is pragmatic in nature, as well as syntactic and semantic. This paper lays the foundations of a purely formal (nonpragmatic) analysis of conversations. This study is accordingly called "Conversation Theory". The key notions of "conversation", "dialogue", "conversation game", "rules of response", "epistemic community" and "channel of informations" are defined precisely, and an analysis of how these notions fit together is given. Particular attention is given to distinguishing conversation theory from standard logic. The paper concludes by analysing a few sample conversation-games, indicating areas needing further research, by pointing out the simplification inherent in the sample games.
23. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
Eike-Henner W. Kluge Bolzano and Frege: Some Conceptual Parallels
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Bolzano's position on logic and his theory of sentences-in-themselves and their analysis, as well as his position on existence statements and subjective representations show a striking and profound similarity to Frege's theory of thoughts, his analysis of propositions, representations and judgment, as well as his position on the nature of logic in general. Bolzano's theories on these points, therefore, may well have been seminal to the development of Frege's position.
24. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
John L. Mackie Kant on Personal Identity
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Kant, in the third paralogism, needs to be rescued from his commentators. His argument that the identity of one's consciousness of oneself is no proof of the numerical identity of a soul-substance, since an indistinguishable identity of consciousness could result from one subject's handing over of memories to another, is sound and complete, and does not need the supplementations offered by Strawson, Bennett and James Anderson. But a possible supplementation is that this identity of consciousness calls for explanation and is partly explained by the continuity of the central nervous system, though this continuity is not guaranteed or conceptually required by that identity.
25. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
Hermann Oetjens Wittgensteins Regeldiktum als Selbstkritik seiner Wahrheitstheorie im Tractatus
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Im Traktatus faßt Wittgenstein Wahrheit auf als eine Relation zwischen Zeichen und bezeichnetem Gegenstand, die miteinander verknüpft sind durch die Identität ihrer logischen Form. Die logische Form gilt als intuitiv einsehbar, sie zeigt sich, sie ist jedoch nicht sagbar. Nach den Philosophische Untersuchungen ist der Appell an die Intuition eine "unnötige Ausrede". Der Zusammenhang zwischen Regelausdruck und Regelfolgen wird nicht erklärt durch eine in beiden identische logische Form. Die Beziehung zwischen Sprache und Wirklichkeit wird überhaupt nicht mehr erklärt. Wittgenstein bezweifelt die Möglichkeit jedweder Metatheorie wissenschaftlicher Theorien, nicht jedoch den Sinn von Theorien in den Wissenschaften.
26. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 10
Otto Neurath Zwei Briefe von Otto Neurath an Ernst Mach: Herausgegeben von Rudolf Haller
27. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 11
Wulf Rehder Versuche zu einer Theorie von Gedankenexperimenten
28. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 11
Harold Morick A Confirmation Criterion of Synonymy
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Two declarative sentences are synonymous if, and only if, the statements they can be used to make are. given certain assumptions about the truth or falsity of other statements, confirmed or disconfirmed to the same degree by the same evidence. This criterion of synonymy is Quinean in that it treats confirmation holistically. But unlike Quine's criterion of synonymy, it conforms to and explains our intuitions of sentence synonymy.
29. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 11
Donald Davidson Toward a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action
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The central propositional attitudes of belief, desire, and meaning are interdependent; it is therefore fruitless to analyse one or two of them in terms of the others. A method is outlined in this paper that yields a theory for interpreting speech, a measure of degree of belief, and a measure of desirability. The method combines in a novel way features of Bayesean decision theory, and a Quinean approach to radical interpretation.
30. Grazer Philosophische Studien: Volume > 11
Reinhard Kleinknecht Quasianalyse und Qualitätsklassen
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Es geht um Carnaps Konstitution der Qualitätsklassen (qual) mittels der Methode der Quasianalyse. Diese Konstitutionsmethode hat Carnap in seinem Werk Der logische Außau der Welt verwendet. Es wird gezeigt, daß Carnaps Qualitätsdefinition sowohl an technischen als auch an grundsätzlichen Mängeln scheitert. Des weiteren werden Verbesserungsvorschläge der Camapschen Methode, die von Brockhaus, Goodman, Moulines und Eberle gemacht worden sind, untersucht und als inadäquat nachgewiesen.