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Donald Davidson : Philosophy of Language - Bjorn Ramberg

Donald Davidson

Philosophy of Language


Published: 8th January 1991
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This book is an introduction to and interpretation of the philosophy of language devised by Donald Davidson over the past 25 years. The guiding intuition is that Davidson's work is best understood as an ongoing attempt to purge semantics of theoretical reifications. Seen in this light the recent attack on the notion of language itself emerges as a natural development of his Quinian scepticism towards "meanings" and his rejections of reference-based semantic theories.
Linguistic understanding is, for Davidson, essentially dynamic, arising only through a continuous process of theory construction and reconstruction. The result is a conception of semantics in which the notion of interpretation and not the notion of knowing a language is fundamental.
In the course of his book Bjorn Ramberg provides a critical discussion of reference-based semantic theories, challenging the standard accounts of the principle of charity and elucidating the notion of radical interpretation. The final chapter on incommensurability ties in with the discussions of Kuhn's work in the philosophy of science and suggests certain links between Davidson's analytic semantics and hermeneutic theory.

Introductionp. 1
What is a Theory of Truth?p. 6
Referencep. 16
Correspondence, Satisfaction and Explanatory Powerp. 38
Convention Tp. 49
Radical Interpretation (I): The Principle of Charityp. 64
Radical Interpretation (II): Anomalies and Indeterminaciesp. 83
What is a Language?p. 98
What is Incommensurability?p. 114
Conclusion: The Hermeneutics of Radical Interpretationp. 138
Bibliographyp. 142
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9780631164586
ISBN-10: 0631164588
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 236.04 x 156.82  x 16.97
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1