Examining the Twin Earth Thought Experiment Narrative Essay by WalterGrov

Examining the Twin Earth Thought Experiment
A look at four philosophers' theories on the 'Twin Earth' thought experiment' and an analysis of the definition of water.
# 99143 | 1,318 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2007 in Philosophy (Logic) , Philosophy (Science) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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This paper looks at four philosophers' theories on epistemology. It discusses their views and understanding of the 'Twin Earth' thought experiment. The paper then describes each of the philosopher's commentaries on their individual philosophy and analyzes their points and counterpoints. It also analyzes their logical reasoning with regard to their philosophy of the 'Twin Earth' thought experiment. The paper explores exactly what it is that defines water, and further, what defines a definition. It is written in a narrative form from the writer's perspective.

From the Paper:

"What defines a definition? How can something be defined, and that definition be wrong? If a definition is indeed definite, what constitutes a "correct" definition? Or, what makes one definition more accurate than another? I have been presented with four different philosophical answers to the question raised of how words and definitions relate to each other. And here I am trying to come up with a definitive answer to what seems like a simple question: What is water? And as new ideas and new ways of conceptualizing come pouring in, one after the other, I am just trying to stay afloat. My mind floods with new thoughts and ideas - without letting the old ones wash away. I try not to think I'm in over my head, but I can at least skim the surface of profound thought as long as I don't hold back. Because fortunately for me, it's philosophy; there is no right and wrong answer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dagfinn Follesdal. (2001) Bolzano, Frege, and Husserl on Reference and Object. In Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy. ed. Floyd, J., Shieh, Sanford. pp. 67-81(15).
  • Putnam, H. (1975/1985) The meaning of 'meaning'. In Philosophical Papers, Vol. 2: Mind, Language and Reality. Cambridge University Press.
  • Russell, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy. Simon & Schuster Adult Group, 1967.

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