What Is a Theory of Meaning? (II)

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI:
What Is a Theory of Meaning? (II)

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To know the meaning of a sentence is to know its truth‐conditions. Yet, in what does the knowledge of truth‐conditions consist? In many cases, it consists in knowing the way in which the truth of the sentence is dependent upon the truth of some other sentences in the language; in some cases, paradigmatically those of the statements of observation. This knowledge consists in the ability to give a report of observation. Then one must know a way. Hence, the notion of truth‐conditions no longer occupies the central place, being replaced by verification and falsification.

Keywords: Davidson; intuitionism; manifestation; meaning; theory of meaning; truth; truth‐conditions; verification

Chapter.  33442 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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