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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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Pursuit of the Concept of Truth

Pursuit of the Concept of Truth

(p.63) 5 Pursuit of the Concept of Truth
Truth, Language, and History

Donald Davidson

Oxford University Press

This essay explores the shift in Quine’s thinking about the relation between meaning and truth. Quine has long been a deflationist about truth. A deflationist is one who holds that to say of a sentence in one’s own language that it is true, is to say no more than one says by uttering that sentence. In Pursuit of Truth (1990), Quine takes shared external circumstances as the key to the correct interpretation of observation sentences rather than shared patterns of stimulation; this shift has saved the natural relation between meaning and truth.

Keywords:   concept of truth, meaning, Quine, Tarski

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