Donald Davidson's Truth-Theoretic Semantics

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Clarendon Press, Jan 11, 2007 - Philosophy - 346 pages
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The work of Donald Davidson (1917-2003) transformed the study of meaning. Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, two of the world's leading authorities on Davidson's work, present the definitive study of his widely admired and influential program of truth-theoretic semantics for natural languages, giving an exposition and critical examination of its foundations and applications.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Basic Framework
16
2 Quantifiers
53
3 Implementation of the Extension of the Truth Theory to Quantifiers
76
4 Proper Names Indexicals and Simple Demonstratives
99
5 Complex Demonstratives
124
6 The Semantics of Quotation
149
7 Adjectives and Adverbs
162
10 Tense in Sentential Complements and the Perfect Tenses
219
Indirect Discourse and Attitude Sentences
239
12 NonDeclarative Sentences
263
13 Semantic Structure and Logical Form
285
14 Truth and Correspondence
315
Summary
325
Bibliography
329
Index
339

8 The Simple Tenses of State and Event Verbs
186
9 Temporal Adverbials and Quantifiers
198

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Ernest Lepore is Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind and is co-author (with Jerry Fodor) of "Holism" (Blackwell, 1991). He is editor of "Truth and Interpretation" (Blackwell, 1989). He is co-editor (with Zenon Pylyshyn) of "What is Cognitive Science"? (Blackwell, 1999), and co-editor (with Robert Van Gulick) of "John Searle and His Critics" (Blackwell, 1992), as well as general editor of the series "Philosophers and Their Critics," also published by Blackwell.

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