Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation / Edition 2

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Now in a new edition, this volume updates Davidson's exceptional Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation (1984), which set out his enormously influential philosophy of language. The original volume remains a central point of reference, and a focus of controversy, with its impact extending into linguistic theory, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. Addressing a central question—what it is for words to mean what they do—and featuring a previously uncollected, additional essay, this work will appeal to a wide audience of philosophers, linguists, and psychologists.

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"Essential for any philosophical library....[This book] is welcome, and not just because it brings together papers which originally were scattered in numerous journals and collections....What is more important is that, when read together and in sequence, the essays reveal a clear, sustained, and systematic struggle with problems of truth, meaning, and interpretation which fairly bristles with important implications for metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and epistemology....I am confident that [the book's] contents will continue to be of interest not only to philosophers of language and linguists, but also to philosophers of mind, metaphysicians, philosophers of science, and epistemologists."--The Modern Schoolman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199246298
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2001
  • Series: Philosophical Essays Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgements
Truth and Meaning
1 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)
6 Quotation (1979)
7 On Saying That (1968)
8 Moods and Performances (1979)
Radical Interpretation
9 Radical Interpretation (1973)
10 Belief and the Basis of Meaning
Appendix to Essay 10: Reply to Quine and Lewis (1974)
11 Thought and Talk (1975)
12 Reply to Foster (1976)
Language and Reality
13 On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme (1974)
14 The Method of Truth in Metaphysics
15 Reality Without Reference (1977)
16 The Inscrutibility of Reference (1979)
Limits of the Literal
17 What Metaphors Mean (1978)
18 Communication and Convention (1982)
Bibliographical References
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