Theories of Truth and Learnable Languages

  • Jaakko Hintikka
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 143)


By far the most interesting and most successful recent theories of meaning have been truth-conditional. The paradigm of such theories is usually taken to be Tarski’s recursive characterization of truth for certain formal languages.1 Donald Davidson has both practiced truth-conditional theorizing in the semantics of natural languages and pleaded for the general importance of truth-conditional semantics.2 What is even more interesting and more unique to him, Davidson has sought to give a deeper motivation — perhaps a foundation — for truth-conditional semantics of the kind pioneered by Tarski. This deeper foundation Davidson has sought in the requirement of learnability of the language in question.3


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaakko Hintikka

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations