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Truth and Context Sensitivity

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/10.1093/0199251347.003.0005
 Truth and Context Sensitivity

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Discusses the modifications that have to be made to a truth theory for a context insensitive language to adapt it to a context sensitive language, that is, a language that contains terms like ‘I’, ‘here’, ‘now’, and so on, and tense inflection, whose contributions to what sentences mean in a context of use depend upon features of the context. Shows how to relativize the axioms of the theory to contextual parameters, and how to modify Tarski’s Convention T for a truth predicate which is relativized to contextual parameters.

Keywords: context sensitivity; Davidson’s Convention T; indexicals; tense; utterances

Chapter.  6380 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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