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Quine versus Davidson: Truth, Reference, and Meaning

Gary Kemp

Abstract

So far as language and meaning are concerned, Donald Davidson and Willard Van Orman Quine are typically regarded as birds of a feather. This book urges first of all that they cannot be. Quine’s most basic and general philosophical commitment is to his methodological naturalism, which is incompatible with Davidson’s main commitments. In particular, it is not possible to endorse, from Quine’s perspective, the roles played by the concepts truth and reference in Davidson’s philosophy of language; Davidson’s employment of the concept of truth is from Quine’s point of view needlessly ambitious; and ... More

Keywords: Davidson, Quine, truth, reference, naturalism, naturalized epistemology, intuition, philosophy of language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695621.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Kemp, author
University of Glasgow

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