Thursday, June 22, 2006

Davidson on Tarski

From Truth and Predication:

"My own view is that Tarski has told us much of what we want to know about the concept of truth, and that there must be more." (27)

"What is missing is the connection with users of language. Nothing would count as a sentence, and the concept of truth would have no application, if there were not creatures who used sentences by uttering or inscribing tokens of them." (36)

That seems right to me. I'm interested in this because it can point in the direction of a pragmatic theory of truth. Pragmatic theories have received a bad rap so it's always nice to see someone make pragmatic sounding noises when it comes to truth.


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