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Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language, and Reality

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

Abstract

Donald Davidson (1917–2003) was one of the most important philosophers of the late twentieth century. This book provides a systematic exposition and clarification of his work in the philosophy of language and the theory of meaning, and of his contributions to the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology that spring from it. In addition, it offers a critical assessment of Davidson’s program. The book is divided into three parts. The first part provides an historical introduction to Davidson’s program of truth-theoretic semantics and defends it against a variety of criticisms. The secon ... More

Keywords: compositionality, conceptual schemes, Donald Davidson, indeterminacy, knowledge, language, meaning, Principle of Charity, radical interpretation, truth-theoretic semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199251347.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernie Lepore, author
Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey
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Kirk Ludwig, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Florida, Gainesville
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