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Reference and Understanding

  • Hilary Putnam
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Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 3)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

True Belief Inductive Logic Causal Theory Total Behavior Deductive Logic 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilary Putnam
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA

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