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Meaning without Truth$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.001.0001

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Davidsonian Quotation

Davidsonian Quotation

(p.167) 10 Davidsonian Quotation
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter extends the resources of the Theory of Bias to the case of pure quotation, with particular attention to Donald Davidson’s demonstrative theory. The first sections present Davidson’s treatment of quotation marks as demonstratives, and highlight some apparently problematic consequences of his position. Section three proposes a solution which reflects the paratactic element in Davidson’s analysis at the level of bias. The final section proposes a concise formalism for Davidsonian quotation, and argues in favour of the substitutivity of co-referential expressions within quotation marks.

Keywords:   quotation, davidson, paratactic

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