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Davidson: Truth and Correspondence

Stephen Neale

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Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247153.003.0002
 Davidson: Truth and Correspondence

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Discusses the philosophy of Donald Davidson, who appears to have brought the slingshot argument to the current prominence within philosophical discussions. It examines Davidson's semantic programme, the relation between semantics and ontology that he champions, his arguments against facts and the scheme–content distinction, and the ways in which he and Richard Rorty assail the notion of representation. The chapter is arranged in nine parts: Introductory Remarks; Meaning and Truth; Reference and Ontology; Content and Other Complications; Facts and Correspondence; The Great Fact; Scheme and Content; Realism and Objectivity; and Representation.

Keywords: Correspondence; Donald Davidson; facts; Objectivity; ontology; Realism; Reference; representation; Richard Rorty; scheme–content distinction; semantics; slingshot arguments; Truth

Chapter.  24163 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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