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Truth and Predication

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This brief book takes readers to the very heart of what it is that philosophy can do well. Completed shortly before Donald Davidson's death at 85, Truth and Predication brings full circle a journey moving from the insights of Plato and Aristotle to the problems of contemporary philosophy. In particular, Davidson, countering many of his contemporaries, argues that the concept of truth is not ambiguous, and that we need an effective theory of truth in order to live well.

Davidson begins by harking back to an early interest in the classics, and an even earlier engagement with the workings of grammar; in the pleasures of diagramming sentences in grade school, he locates his first glimpse into the mechanics of how we conduct the most important activities in our life--such as declaring love, asking directions, issuing orders, and telling stories. Davidson connects these essential questions with the most basic and yet hard to understand mysteries of language use--how we connect noun to verb. This is a problem that Plato and Aristotle wrestled with, and Davidson draws on their thinking to show how an understanding of linguistic behavior is critical to the formulating of a workable concept of truth.

Anchored in classical philosophy, Truth and Predication nonetheless makes telling use of the work of a great number of modern philosophers from Tarski and Dewey to Quine and Rorty. Representing the very best of Western thought, it reopens the most difficult and pressing of ancient philosophical problems, and reveals them to be very much of our day.

About the Author

Donald Davidson was most recently Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

1. Theories of Truth

2. What More Is There to Truth?

3. The Content of the Concept of Truth

4. The Problem of Predication

5. Failed Attempts

6. Truth and Predication

7. A Solution

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674015258
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Editor:
Sharpe, Kevin
Author:
Sharpe, Kevin
Author:
Davidson, Donald
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Truth
Subject:
Predicate (Logic)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.9375 x 5 in

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