Preference Logic and Radical Interpretation: Kanger meets Davidson

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Abstract

This paper traces the intellectual effects of an encounter between Stig Kanger and Donald Davidson -two very different philosophers working in two seemingly unconnected areas. Their meeting in Oslo 1979 led the latter to improve his influential theory of radical interpretation and gave the former an inspiration for a rather striking paradox in preference logic. But, as we show, the paradox can be dis-solved and the radical interpretation continues to confront serious difficulties. Simultaneous elicitation of a speaker’s meaning, beliefs and desires merely from his attitudes to sentences in the language he uses is a very ambitious project, but its theoretic viability is strongly questionable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn the Scope of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
EditorsPeter Gärdenfors, J Wolenski, K Kijania-Placek
PublisherSpringer
Pages213-233
Volume2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-0930-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event11th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 0001 Jan 2 → …

Publication series

Name
Volume2

Conference

Conference11th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityKrakow
Period0001/01/02 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

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