Item description for Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation (Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson) by Donald Davidson...
The central question which these essays address is what it is for words to mean what they do. The author, Donald 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, actual and 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 between theories of truth and theories of meaning, translation, quotation, belief, radical interpretation, reference, metaphor, and communication.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 22, 2001
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199246297 ISBN13 9780199246298
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More About Donald Davidson
Donald Davidson was the Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley until his death from cardiac arrest on August 30th, 2003. He was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century.
Donald Davidson lived in the state of California. Donald Davidson was born in 1917 and died in 2003.
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very hard to read, but pays Nov 28, 2002
As the previous reviewer says, the book contains many of Davidson's seminal papers in the philosophy of language. This book, however, cannot be used as an introduction to anything, not to philosophy of language and not even to Davidson's. His style is extremely compressed, and sometimes he merely intimates what should be carefully explained. What it ideally takes two paragraphs to say, Davidson says in two lines; each sentence is therefore crammed up with thoughts; at some places the author becomes oracular.
I would love to say that Ramberg's book on Davidson can be of help for the beginner, but I must confess instead that I find Davidson's "Inquires" an excellent commentary on Ramberg.
This book will be understood only by those who are already trained in philosophy of language and who understand some logic too. I said "only by", not "by all".
For critical comments on the contents of the book, I refer the reader to a rather harsh and carping review by Jonathan Bennett, I think it was in "Mind", 1985.
As one reviewer in the backcover says, "struggle and learn". Here you have a great book by a great philosopher of language.
Read it! Jun 28, 2000
Excellent book. A must read for everyone interested in philosophy of language. This book contains all of Davidson's important articles concerning philosophy of language.