Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation: Philosophical Essays Volume 2

Paperback | September 1, 2001

byDonald Davidson

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Donald Davidson presents a new edition of the 1984 volume which set out his enormously influential philosophy of language. Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation has been a central point of reference and a focus of controversy in the subject ever since, and its influence has extended intolinguistic theory, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. This new edition features an additional essay, previously uncollected.The central question which these essays address is what it is for words to mean what they do. Davidson argues that a philosophically instructive theory of meaning should acknowledge the holistic nature of linguistic understanding, in that it should provide an interpretation of all utterances, actualand potential, of a speaker or group of speakers; and that it should not rely upon the concepts it attempts to explain, in that it should be verifiable independently of knowledge of the detailed propositional attitudes of the speaker. Among the topics covered in the essays are the relation betweentheories of truth and theories of meaning, translation, quotation, belief, radical interpretation, reference, metaphor, and communication.

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Donald Davidson presents a new edition of the 1984 volume which set out his enormously influential philosophy of language. Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation has been a central point of reference and a focus of controversy in the subject ever since, and its influence has extended intolinguistic theory, philosophy of mind, and epis...

Donald Davidson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Donald Davidson is Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, completing his Ph.D. in classical philosophy after serving in the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199246297

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Preface to the Second EditionProvenance of the Essays and AcknowledgementsIntroductionTruth and Meaning1. Theories of Meaning and Learnable Languages (1965)2. Truth and Meaning (1967)3. True to the Facts (1969)4. Semantics for Natural Languages (1970)5. In Defence of Convention T (1973)Applications6. Quotation (1979)7. On Saying That (1968)8. Moods and Performances (1979)Radical Interpretation9. Radical Interpretation (1973)10. Belief and the Basis of MeaningAppendix to Essay 10: Reply to Quine and Lewis (1974)11. Thought and Talk (1975)12. Reply to Foster (1976)Language and Reality13. On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme (1974)14. The Method of Truth in Metaphysics15. Reality Without Reference (1977)16. The Inscrutibility of Reference (1979)Limits of the Literal17. What Metaphors Mean (1978)18. Communication and Convention (1982)Bibliographical References, Index

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`Review from previous edition 'In these eighteen brief articles - written during a period of as many years - Donald Davidson has done something considerable: he has developed a comprehensive program for the study of language-meannig and the explanation of linguistic behaviour... all work inthe philosophy of language needs to be reconsidered in relation to the theory outlined by Davidson... everyone interested in topics which are essentially language-related should read, or at least read in, these Inquiries.'Philosophy and Literature