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Inscrutability of Reference <sup>285</sup>

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/10.1093/0199251347.003.0023
 Inscrutability of Reference  285

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Examines Davidson’s thesis of the inscrutability of reference, according to which any two different assignments of referents to singular terms and extensions to predicates which preserve the distribution of truth values across sentences of the language provide equally good interpretations of a speaker’s language. Argues that the argument is not successful, and that a central premise is not compatible with commitments Davidson undertakes elsewhere.

Keywords: demonstratives; inscrutability of reference; permutation functions; relativization of reference

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Subjects: Philosophy

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