Observation sentences revisited

Kemp, G. (2022) Observation sentences revisited. Mind, 131(523), pp. 805-825. (doi: 10.1093/mind/fzaa103)

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I argue for an alternative to Quine’s conception of observation sentences, one that better satisfies the roles Quine envisages for them, and that otherwise respects Quinean constraints. After reviewing a certain predicament Quine got into in balancing the needs of the intersubjectivity of observation sentences with his notion of the stimulus meaning of an observation sentence, I push for replacing the latter with what I call the ‘stimulus field’ of an observation sentence, a notion that remains ‘proximate’ but is shared between different language users. Throughout, I emphasize the epistemological role of observation sentences.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kemp, Dr Gary
Authors: Kemp, G.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Mind
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1460-2113
Published Online:15 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Mind Association
First Published:First published in Mind 131(523): 805-825
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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