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Davidson, D., "Truth and meaning", Synthese, 17, pp. 304-323, 1967. Google

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p. 79-90 in Martinich, A.P. (ed), The Philosophy of Language, 2nd edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

79 ;;Quote: a theory of meaning must tell how the meanings of sentences depend on the meaning of words; i.e., finite vocabulary and rules; learnable
79 ;;Quote: a theory of meaning does not require entities for the meanings of all its parts; e.g., "the father of Annette" and "refers to"
80 ;;Quote: if meaning is distinct from reference than the parts of a sentence must also have a distinct meaning; yields vacuous answers
80+;;Quote: if the meaning of a sentence is its reference than the same reference implies synonymy; this is intolerable
82 ;;Quote: the meaning of any sentence (or word) depends on the meaning of every sentence and word in the language
82+;;Quote: the meaning of any part of a sentence's structure is an abstraction from the totality of sentences in which it features
Higg. ;;Note: can not define meaning via "s means that p" because "means that" defines a referentially opaque context; needs non-extensional metalanguage
82 ;;Quote: a theory of meaning provides a predicate 'p' in "s means that p" or "s is True iff p"
83 ;;Quote: give meaning to a sentence by defining its truth conditions; no longer need the meanings of sentences or words
Higg. ;;Note: an adequate theory of truth (s iff p) is necessary/sufficient for communication; but which consequence, naive understandings, and beliefs
83 ;;Quote: the theory of meaning needs to relate the underlying structure of a language (e.g., its words) to a sentence's truth conditions
83 ;;Quote: theory of meaning is the semantic concept of truth only when truth conditions are expressed in the language; also needed for foreign languages
85 ;;Quote: a theory of meaning can describe a language in terms of an English-like formal language; must be part of English itself
86 ;;Quote: a theory of belief sentences must distinguish between the form of a sentence and the meaning of individual words or expressions; e.g., "good"
87 ;;Quote: a theory of meaning must include sentences that owe their truth to those constants that give the theory its grip on structure; a logic
88 ;;Quote: the truth of a sentence is relative to a person and a time; also vicinity and improper descriptions

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