Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language, and Reality

Paperback | March 1, 2007

byErnie Lepore, Kirk Ludwig

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Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was one of the most important philosophers of the late twentieth century. His work on language and the theory of meaning has been particularly influential.Two of the world's leading authorities on Davidson's philosophy, Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, provide asystematic exposition of his work in this field and of his contributions to philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology which spring from it. Their second aim is to assess Davidson's program critically, to mark its successes, but also to identify where its ccomplishments fall short of itsambitions, and, since it is an on-going research program, to assess its prospects for the future, and to contribute to the expansion of that program. Criticizing and extending Davidson's thought, as well as providing an introduction to it, Lepore and Ludwig address a broad academic audience. Their work will be of fundamental importance for those who are coming to Davidson's work for the first time; while some philosophical sophistication andtraining is presupposed, it is accessible both to advanced undergraduates and to graduate students. It will also be welcomed by professional philosophers, linguists, and anyone wishing to assess and understand Davidson's remarkable intellectual legacy.

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Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was one of the most important philosophers of the late twentieth century. His work on language and the theory of meaning has been particularly influential.Two of the world's leading authorities on Davidson's philosophy, Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, provide asystematic exposition of his work in this field a...

Ernie Lepore is Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Kirk Ludwig is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Philosophy Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: Historical Introduction to Truth-Theoretic Semantics2. Learnable Languages and the Compositionality Requirement3. The Form of a Meaning Theory and Difficulties for Traditional Approaches4. The Introduction of a Truth Theory as the Vehicle of a Meaning Theory5. Truth and Context Sensitivity6. Davidson's Extensionalist Proposal7. The Extensionality and Determination Problems8. Foster's Objection9. Relation to an Explicit Meaning Theory and to Semantic Competence10. The Problem of Semantic Defects in Natural LanguagesPart II: Radical Interpretation11. Clarifying the Project12. The Procedure of the Radical Interpreter13. The Justification of the Principle of Charity14. The Theory of Agency and Additional Constraints15. Indeterminacy16. Development of a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action17. The Reality of LanguagePart III: Metaphysics and Epistemology18. The Impossibility of Alternative Conceptual Schemes19. Externalism and the Impossibility of Massive Error20. First Person Authority21. Inscrutability of Reference22. Language, Thought, and WorldBibliography

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`Lepore and Ludwig have provided a magnificently impressive critical detailed account of Donald Davidsons contributions to the philosophy of logic, language, and mind.'Gilbert Harman, Princeton University