Gadamer and Plato's Philebus

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780198237570
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602610 | DOI:
Gadamer and Plato's Philebus

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This essay focuses on the Gadamer’s discussions on Plato’s Philebus and the nature of understanding, truth, and language. Both Davidson and Gadamer agree that conversation is the route to share understanding, that conversation presumes a shared world, and that language has its true being only in conversation. However, against Gadamer, Davidson insists that conversation does not presuppose a common language.

Keywords: Gadamer; Plato; understanding; truth; language; conversation

Chapter.  6333 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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