Timothy McCarthy

in Radical Interpretation and Indeterminacy

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145069
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833436 | DOI:

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Serves three main purposes: first, it lays out and attempts to justify the methodological point of view of the investigation. Secondly, it situates the theory put forward in the context of the recent history of the subject, which is dominated by three families of responses to Quine's indeterminacy arguments, namely, Kripkean theories of reference, Dummettian verificationist accounts, and theories of interpretation along the lines of those favoured by Davidson and Lewis. Thirdly, it sketches some of the substantive conclusions reached in the subsequent chapters of the book.

Keywords: Donald Davidson; Michael Dummett; indeterminacy; Saul Kripke; David Lewis; methodology; W.V.O. Quine; Radical Interpretation; Theory of Interpretation; Theory of Reference; Verificationism

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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