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Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Donald Davidson


This volume collects Davidson's seminal contributions to the philosophy of language. Its key insight is that the concept of truth can shed light on various issues connected to meaning: Davidson, who assumes a partial and primitive understanding of the truth predicate, reverses Tarski who had succeeded in elucidating the concept of truth by taking the notion of ‘translation’ (preservation of meaning) for granted. In the first of five subsections into which the papers are thematically organized, Davidson develops the systematic constraints a theory of meaning has to meet and shows how an approac ... More

Keywords: conceptual relativism, correspondence theory of truth, interpretation, ontology, philosophy of language, principle of charity, Tarski, theory of meaning, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Davidson, author
University of California, Berkeley