Argument from the Principle of Charity
In a number of influential papers Donald Davidson has argued that it is a necessary condition of successful interpretation that the interpreter must assume that the objects of interpretation, by and large, believe what (he thinks) is true. He has further claimed that this assumption, known as the principle of charity, has some significant epistemological ramifications (Davidson 1973, 1977, 1981, 1982). According to Davidson the inherently charitable nature of interpretation rules out the possibility that we are radically mistaken about the external world.
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