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The Seas of Language$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236212.001.0001

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What Is a Theory of Meaning? (II)

What Is a Theory of Meaning? (II)

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(p.34) 2 What Is a Theory of Meaning? (II)
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DOI:10.1093/0198236212.003.0002

To know the meaning of a sentence is to know its truth‐conditions. Yet, in what does the knowledge of truth‐conditions consist? In many cases, it consists in knowing the way in which the truth of the sentence is dependent upon the truth of some other sentences in the language; in some cases, paradigmatically those of the statements of observation. This knowledge consists in the ability to give a report of observation. Then one must know a way. Hence, the notion of truth‐conditions no longer occupies the central place, being replaced by verification and falsification.

Keywords:   Davidson, intuitionism, manifestation, meaning, theory of meaning, truth, truth‐conditions, verification

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