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Davidson's theory of truth and its implications for Rorty's pragmatism

Author: Ben H Letson
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1997.
Series: American university studies., Series V,, Philosophy ;, v. 178.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most exciting and controversial philosophers of our time, Richard Rorty has developed a radical pragmatism that criticizes the attempt to provide foundations for our standards of rationality. Rorty believes that the history of philosophy illustrates the futility of attempting to develop a theory of truth or justification that will enable us to be more rational in our activities and beliefs.
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Letson, Ben H., 1956-
Davidson's theory of truth and its implications for Rorty's pragmatism.
New York : P. Lang, ©1997
(OCoLC)605109747
Named Person: Donald Davidson; Richard Rorty; Donald Davidson; Richard Rorty; Donald Davidson; Richard Rorty; Donald Davidson; Richard Rorty; Donald Davidson, Philosoph.; Richard Rorty
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben H Letson
ISBN: 0820431389 9780820431383
OCLC Number: 34973539
Description: 136 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. I. Rorty's View of Truth and Justification --
Ch. II. Putnam's Metaphysical Realism --
Ch. III. Davidson and the Indeterminacy of Reference --
Ch. IV. Davidson's Theory of Truth --
Ch. V. Alternative Conceptual Schemes --
Ch. VI. Davidson's Importance for Pragmatism.
Series Title: American university studies., Series V,, Philosophy ;, v. 178.
Responsibility: Ben H. Letson.

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One of the most exciting and controversial philosophers of our time, Richard Rorty has developed a radical pragmatism that criticizes the attempt to provide foundations for our standards of rationality. Rorty believes that the history of philosophy illustrates the futility of attempting to develop a theory of truth or justification that will enable us to be more rational in our activities and beliefs.

This study focuses on the support that such a view might receive from Donald Davidson's work on truth and translation. Davidson's work is used to show that the apparent relativism in Rorty's account of truth can be avoided if we focus on the dynamics of translation. Davidson thus offers hope that we can defend objectivity without appealing to traditional views of truth and meaning.

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