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Donald Davidson : meaning, truth, language, and reality

Author: Ernest LePore; Kirk Ludwig
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig present a critical exposition of the philosophical system of Donald Davidson (1917-2003)"--Provided by publisher.
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Named Person: Donald Davidson; Donald Davidson; Donald Davidson; Donald Davidson, Philosoph.; Donald Davidson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest LePore; Kirk Ludwig
ISBN: 0199251347 9780199251346 9780199204328 0199204322
OCLC Number: 56942444
Description: xvii, 446 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I: Historical introduction to truth-theoretic semantics --
Learnable languages and the compositionality requirement --
The form of a meaning theory and difficulties for traditional approaches --
The introduction of a truth theory as the vehicle of a meaning theory --
A closed form recursive definition of 'true₀' --
Truth and context sensitivity --
Formulating a truth theory for natural languages which predicates truth of utterances of sentences --
Davidson's extensionalist proposal --
The extensionality and determination problems --
Foster's objection --
Relation to an explicit meaning theory and to semantic competence --
The problem of semantic defects in natural languages --
Summary of part I --
II: Radical interpretation --
Clarifying the project --
The procedure of the radical interpreter --
The justification of the principle of charity --
The theory of agency and additional constraints --
Indeterminacy --
Development of a unified theory of meaning and action --
The reality of language --
Summary of part II --
III: Metaphysics and epistemology --
The impossibility of alternative conceptual schemes --
Externalism and the impossibility of massive error --
First person authority --
Inscrutability of reference --
Language, thought, and world --
Summary of Part III.
Responsibility: Ernie Lepore, Kirk Ludwig.
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Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was one of the most important philosophers of the late twentieth century. His work on language and the theory of meaning has been particularly influential. This book  Read more...

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an outstanding book on Davidson's achievement...a model of excellent scholarship both for students and scholars. * Dr Alessandro Capone, University of Messina *

 
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