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Empirical Content

Donald Davidson

in Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780198237532
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237537.003.0011

Series: The Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson (5 Volumes)

Empirical Content

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Explores Schlick's and Neurath's dispute over the foundations of empirical knowledge, and thereby equips ‘A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledge’ with commentary and historical background. Davidson works out the difficulties involved in drawing epistemological conclusions from a verificationist theory of meaning and argues that there are promising hints of a better theory, akin to Davidson's coherence theory of truth and knowledge, in the logical positivists’ writings.

Keywords: coherence; empirical content; epistemology; foundations of empirical knowledge; knowledge; logical positivism; Neurath; Schlick; truth; verificationist theory of meaning

Chapter.  7042 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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