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The Introduction of a Truth Theory as the Vehicle of a Meaning Theory

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

in Donald Davidson

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602634 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251347.003.0004
 The Introduction of a Truth Theory as the Vehicle of a Meaning Theory

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Discusses Davidson’s proposal to use a Tarski-style axiomatic truth theory to carry out a compositional meaning theory in the light of a simple truth theory for a non-context-sensitive fragment of English, and the role of Tarski’s Convention T. Argues that a clear condition on a truth theory being able to serve as a meaning theory can be stated in terms of a constraint on the axioms of the theory. Also explains why this proposal is not the one which Davidson pursued himself.

Keywords: Convention T; extended project; Tarski; truth definition; truth theory

Chapter.  6198 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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