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Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation$
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Donald Davidson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246297.001.0001

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(p.79) 6 Quotation
Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Donald Davidson

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Davidson applies the truth‐theoretic apparatus of Essay 2 to give a systematic analysis of quotation. He demands that our analysis uses and not merely mentions quoted words, and that we individuate quotations by finite means. Writers who model quotations on names of expressions (Tarski, Quine) and hence treat them as semantically unstructured fail on both scores, says Davidson (see also Essay 1). More generally, the reference of quoted expressions and truth conditions of quotational attributions (‘He said “. . .” ’) are explored.

Keywords:   Quine, quotation, semantic structure, Tarski, truth conditions

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