Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246298
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191715181 | DOI:

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


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Davidson applies the truth‐theoretic apparatus of Essay 2 to give a systematic analysis of quotation. He demands that our analysis uses and not merely mentions quoted words, and that we individuate quotations by finite means. Writers who model quotations on names of expressions (Tarski, Quine) and hence treat them as semantically unstructured fail on both scores, says Davidson (see also Essay 1). More generally, the reference of quoted expressions and truth conditions of quotational attributions (‘He said “. . .” ’) are explored.

Keywords: Quine; quotation; semantic structure; Tarski; truth conditions

Chapter.  5242 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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