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Radical Interpretation and Indeterminacy

Timothy McCarthy


Attempts to offer a response to Quine's arguments for the indeterminacy of reference and translation by developing an original theory of radical interpretation, i.e. the project of characterising from scratch the language and attitudes of an unknown agent or population. Ch. 1 situates the theory put forward in the context of the recent history of the subject and offers arguments against its main competitors, namely, Kripkean theories of reference and Dummettian verificationist accounts. Ch. 2 introduces the constitutive principles of McCarthy's own theory of radical interpretation, exploiting ... More

Keywords: Donald Davidson, indeterminacy, interpretation, language, David Lewis, natural kind terms, observational predicates, philosophy of logic, W.V.O. Quine, Radical Interpretation, reference, Theory of Reference, translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145069
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195145062.001.0001


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Timothy McCarthy, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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