Theories of Meaning and Logical Truth: Edwards versus Davidson (M. Hoeltje)

Published in Mind 116 (2007), 121–29.

Abstract: Donald Davidson has claimed that for every logical truth S of a language L, a theory of meaning for L will entail that S is a logical truth of L. Jim Edwards has argued that this claim is false if we take ‘entails’ to mean ‘has it as a logical consequence’. In this paper I first show that, pace Edwards, Davidson’s claim is correct even under this strong reading. I then discuss the argument given by Edwards and offer a diagnosis of where he went wrong.


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