Reference and Understanding
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My thesis is that the theory of language understanding and the theory of reference and truth have much less to do with one another than many philosophers have assumed. I want to explain why this is so. I believe that if I am right, this will shed light on a number of things in philosophy as for example, why Wittgenstein had both a “picture” theory of meaning and a “use” theory of meaning (at different times, of course!), and what was going on in Nineteenth Century objections to a Correspondence Theory of Truth.
KeywordsTrue Belief Inductive Logic Causal Theory Total Behavior Deductive Logic
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