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Donald Davidson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198237570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019823757X.001.0001

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Gadamer and Plato's Philebus

Gadamer and Plato's Philebus

(p.261) 18 Gadamer and Plato's Philebus
Truth, Language, and History

Donald Davidson

Oxford University Press

This essay focuses on the Gadamer’s discussions on Plato’s Philebus and the nature of understanding, truth, and language. Both Davidson and Gadamer agree that conversation is the route to share understanding, that conversation presumes a shared world, and that language has its true being only in conversation. However, against Gadamer, Davidson insists that conversation does not presuppose a common language.

Keywords:   Gadamer, Plato, understanding, truth, language, conversation

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