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Development of a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action

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/10.1093/0199251347.003.0017
 Development of a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action

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Explains a development in Davidson’s account of the procedures of the radical interpreter which involves bringing to bear more explicitly the constraints imposed by the framework of decision theory on the interpretation of another. Application of decision theory to explanation of behaviour requires assigning degrees of belief and desirabilites in explaining action. These assignments are of particular importance in interpreting non-observation terms.

Keywords: decision theory; degrees of belief; desirabilities; logical connectives; non-observation terms; preferences; subjective probabilities

Chapter.  6108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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