Epistemologia representacionalista y realismo cientifico metafisico en Locke

Perez Otero, Manuel (2000) Epistemologia representacionalista y realismo cientifico metafisico en Locke. Teorema, XIX (2). pp. 5-17.


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Locke maintains that general terms for substances (like 'gold' or 'tiger') signify nominal essences, whose boundaries are not natural but dependent on human systems of classification. Nevertheless, he also postulates real essences, with boundaries objectively established by nature itself. That creates a problem of interpretation: How should Locke explain the meaning of expressions such as 'real essence of gold'? I propose a Russellian analysis consisting in providing contextual definitions of expressions of that type without ascribing them any denotation. That drives us to some remarkable similarities between Locke's ontology, epistemology and semantics and those of Russell.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epistemology; Metaphysics; Semantics; Substance; Locke; Russel
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XIX (2000)
Philosophie > Geschichte der Philosophie > d) 17.Jahrhundert
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1196

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