Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Oxford Handbook of Rationality$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alfred R. Mele and Piers Rawling

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195145397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195145399.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 June 2019

RATIONALITY, LANGUAGE, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF CHARITY

RATIONALITY, LANGUAGE, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF CHARITY

Chapter:
(p.343) chapter 18 RATIONALITY, LANGUAGE, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF CHARITY
Source:
The Oxford Handbook of Rationality
Author(s):

Kirk. Ludwig (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195145399.003.0018

Ludwig deals with the relations between language, thought, and rationality, and, especially, the role and status of assumptions about rationality in interpreting another’s speech and assigning contents to her psychological attitudes—her beliefs, desires, intentions, and so on. The chapter is organized around three questions: (1) What is the relation between rationality and thought? (2) What is the relation between rationality and language? (3) What is the relation between thought and language? Ludwig argues that some large degree of rationality is required for thought and consequently that same degree of rationality at least is required for language since language requires thought. Thought, however, does not require language. In answering questions (2) and (3), Ludwig gives particular attention to Davidson’s arguments for the Principle of Charity, according to which it is constitutive of speakers that they are largely rational and largely right about the world, and to Davidson’s arguments for the thesis that without the power of speech we lack the power of thought.

Keywords:   assumption, belief, content, desire, intention, interpretation, language, Principle of Charity, psychological attitudes, thought

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .