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Indeterminacy

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/10.1093/0199251347.003.0016
 Indeterminacy

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Takes up the question of the indeterminacy of interpretation, according to which there is no unique correct interpretation theory for another speaker. Argues that indeterminacy cannot be made sense of from the standpoint of the radical interpreter, and that Davidson’s analogy between measurement theory and interpretation breaks down when applied to the interpreter’s own language.

Keywords: analogy with measurement theory; indeterminacy of interpretation; underdetermination of interpretation

Chapter.  12515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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