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By Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor Adorno was once no stranger to controversy. In The Jargon of Authenticity he offers complete expression to his hostility to the language hired by means of definite existentialist thinkers resembling Martin Heidegger. along with his widespread alertness to the makes use of and abuses of language, he calls into query the jargon, or ‘aura’, as his colleague Walter Benjamin defined it, which clouded existentialists’ suggestion. He argued that its use undermined the very message for which means and liberation that it sought to make genuine. furthermore, such language—claiming to deal with the problem of freedom—signally didn't exhibit the inability of freedom inherent within the capitalist context during which it was once written. in its place, in addition to the jargon of the ads jingle, it attributed price to the delight of speedy wish. Alerting his readers to the relationship among ideology and language, Adorno’s frank and open problem to directness, and the avoidance of language that ‘gives itself over both to the marketplace, to balderdash, or to the predominating vulgarity’, is as well timed this day because it ever has been.

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Next, define permutation functions over these ‘worlds of counterparts’. Finally, say that πβ ( x, β ) is identical* with πγ ( y, γ ) iff x is identical with y. 6 This follows Priest’s (2008: ch. 15) ‘free logic’ approach to variable domain modal logic. 2 accusations of question-begging 29 perhaps that πβ (x) satisfies ‘E’ in P β , given that permutations are now in the offing. The overall strategy should now be completely clear. Putnam treats any statement of an additional interpretative constraint as just more theory: more grist for his model-theoretic mill.

The idea is that we must consider the experiences without considering what is going on behind them, what they designate, what they signify, or anything else of this sort; they ‘are simply to be taken as they are given’. And since we do not (initially) entertain any objects lying behind the sensations, or indeed any other minds, even a solipsist would be happy with our starting point. 13 There is much more that we could say about methodological solipsism. But all that matters for present purposes is that the methodological solipsist’s notion of a bracketed experience provides us with a way to consider experiences narrowly, in the sense required to get the model-theoretic arguments off the ground.

Granted, each potential interpretative constraint has its limitations. But as things stand, it seems that we cannot deliver a verdict on Putnam’s model-theoretic arguments without further investigation of these constraints, both individually and in various combinations. 4 The just-more-theory manœuvre To deal in depth with the interpretative constraints of Chapter 3 would be boring, long-winded, and inevitably piecemeal. Crucially, we could not hope to vindicate Putnam’s model-theoretic attack on external realism via such a piecemeal approach.

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