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Single Idea 14204

[catalogued under 14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 3. Instrumentalism]

Full Idea

On a na´ve operationalist account every time a new way of testing whether a substance is really gold is discovered, the meaning and reference of 'gold' undergoes a change.

Gist of Idea

Na´ve operationalism would have meanings change every time the tests change

Source

Hilary Putnam (Reason, Truth and History [1981], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Reason, Truth and History' [CUP 1998], p.29