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Donald Davidson's Truth-Theoretic Semantics
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Donald Davidson's Truth-Theoretic Semantics

Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

Abstract

This book examines the foundations and applications of the program of truth-theoretic semantics for natural languages introduced in 1967 by Donald Davidson in his classic paper ‘Truth and Meaning’. Its primary aim is to illustrate the promise of the truth-theoretic approach by laying out the philosophical foundations of it, and then sketching and discussing applications to a range of important natural language constructions. A subsidiary aim is to clarify the concept of the logical form of a natural language sentence. Chapter 1 lays out the philosophical foundations of the program of truth-the ... More

Keywords: quantifiers, proper names, demonstratives, quotation, tense, opaque contexts, non-declaratives, logical form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290932
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290932.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernest Lepore, author
Rutgers University, New Jersey
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Kirk Ludwig, author
University of Florida, Gainesville
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