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Davidson’s Semantics

Gary Kemp

in Quine versus Davidson

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695621
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695621.003.0003
Davidson’s Semantics

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This chapter presents the principal aspects of Davidson’s philosophy of language. Davidson famously inverts the Tarskian account of truth as resting on facts about meaning, to deliver an account of meaning in terms of truth. After isolating the nature of the idea that a theory of truth can serve as a theory of meaning, the chapter discusses radical interpretation and semantical holism, the concept of reference, the interdependence of meaning and belief, and the role of the principle of charity.

Keywords: Davidson; truth; Tarski; meaning; radical interpretation; reference; belief

Chapter.  8689 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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