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The Justification of the Principle of Charity

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/10.1093/0199251347.003.0014
 The Justification of the Principle of Charity

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Takes up the question of how to justify the Principle of Charity. Three a priori arguments are examined, the argument from the holism of attitude content, the argument to the best explanation of human beings and their place in the natural world, and the argument from the necessity of radical interpretation. Difficulties are raised for each of these arguments.

Keywords: justification of the Principle of Charity; the argument from holism of attitude content; the argument from the best explanation; the argument from the necessity of radical interpretation

Chapter.  5002 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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