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Unmediated depictions of Hypothetical representations: a critique of Tarski-Davidson's theory of Meaning
  • Lucas Vollet
Lucas Vollet

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We contend that Davidson's theory of meaning, influenced by Tarski's theory of truth, idealizes the conditions in which the processes of interpretation occur within a rational community. This idealization results in a direct assertive (non-problematic) representation of the hypothetical content found in the more obscure or less sensitive to verication aspects of meaning. We argue that those theories fail to unravel the enigmatic philosophical dilemmas linked to the hermetic nature and opacity of non-extensional dimension of meaning. Instead, it solely presents a scenario wherein, all else being equal, we can articulate propositions without the anxiety of reversing their truth to falsehood. Ultimately, they obscure the underlying practical factors that give rise to meaning delimitations, resulting in an irreflective and unquestioning portrayal of our sense-making practices.
19 Mar 2024Submitted to Advance
27 Mar 2024Published in Advance