By Bob Hale, Crispin Wright
Written through a global meeting of major philosophers, this quantity offers a survey of up to date philosophy of language. in addition to supplying a synoptic view of the main concerns, figures, techniques and debates, every one essay makes new and unique contributions to ongoing debate. subject matters lined comprise: rule following, modality, realism, indeterminacy of translation, inscrutability of reference, names and inflexible vacation spot, Davidson's application, which means and verification, goal and conference, radical interpretation, tacit wisdom, metaphor, causal theories of semantics, items and standards of id, theories of fact, strength and pragmatics, essentialism, demonstratives, reference and necessity, identification, which means and privateness of language, vagueness and the sorites paradox, holisms, propositional attitudes, analyticity.
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It can be proved that, if there is one theory that provides a true T-sentence for each sentence of the language L(i), then there will automatically be a second such theory, and the interpretations to be read off the second theory will be different from those to be read off the first. See Evans's and McDowell's editorial introduction to Truth and Meaning (Oxford. 1976). Their finding is not superseded by the footnote that Davidson added in 1982 to the Inquiries reprint of 'Truth and Meaning' - p.
The one that is true solely on condition that that sentence expresses a truth. So grasping the proposition that ammonia smells can consist in understanding English and then grasping it as the proposition which is true solely on condition that 'Ammonia smells' expresses a truth in English. ) Thus the truth-conditional theory seems to be consistent with the priority thesis, in that it does not make explanatory appeal to the notion oflanguage-independent 36 MEANING, USE, VERIFICATION concepts and propositions.
44, who assigns this task to a 'theory of force' (note that this is not Dummett's usage of that expression: 'Truth conditions', p. 416). For the reasons why one might hive this task otT from a theory of force in Austin's more general sense, see Davidson, 'Moods and performances', pp. 109-21. See also Hornsby, 'Things done with words'. Philosophical Remarks, ed. by Rush Rhees, transl. by R. Hargreaves and R. White: Blackwell, 1975. My recollection from being an undergraduate at Oxford during the 19 50s at the time when Austin was giving the lectures he then called Words and Deeds (1954-5), but before the appearance of Grice's article 'Meaning' (1957), is that in that period the doctrine then current about the meaning of words and sentences was simply a generalization of the Wittgensteinian thesis that meaning was use.