The Procedure of the Radical Interpreter

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

in Donald Davidson

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602634 | DOI:
 The Procedure of the Radical Interpreter

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Discusses the procedure of the radical interpreter, and in particular, the role of a truth theory for the subject’s language, how it motivates the introduction of a the Principle of Charity, roughly that a speaker is to be taken to have largely true general beliefs and largely true particular beliefs about his environment, and three interpretations of the principle. Argues for one of the interpretations but also that it is not sufficient for the work Davidson needs it to do and that a slightly different and stronger principle is needed which we call ‘Grace’. Ends with an account of the major stages of the procedure.

Keywords: agreement; Grace; L-sentences; Principle of Charity; procedure of the radical interpreter; truth theory; Veracity

Chapter.  11501 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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