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The Theory of Meaning and the Practice of Communication

Barry Stroud

in Meaning, Understanding, and Practice

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252145
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199252149.003.0012
 The Theory of Meaning and the Practice of Communication

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Donald Davidson has claimed that there is no such thing as language, if language is understood as most philosophers and linguists understand it. This essay reflects on the nature of the misconstrual in question, and relates it to the book's running concern with the inability of semantic theories focused exclusively on rules and knowledge to account for meaning and communication.

Keywords: communication; Davidson; meaning

Chapter.  8237 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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