Ideas from 'Truth and Predication' by Donald Davidson [2005], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Truth and Predication' by Davidson,Donald [Belknap Harvard 2005,0-674-01525-8]].

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3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 2. Defining Truth
A comprehensive theory of truth probably includes a theory of predication
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 3. Value of Truth
Antirealism about truth prevents its use as an intersubjective standard
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 8. Subjective Truth
'Epistemic' truth depends what rational creatures can verify
3. Truth / C. Correspondence Truth / 3. Correspondence Truth critique
There is nothng interesting or instructive for truths to correspond to
Two sentences can be rephrased by equivalent substitutions to correspond to the same thing
The Slingshot assumes substitutions give logical equivalence, and thus identical correspondence
3. Truth / D. Coherence Truth / 1. Coherence Truth
Coherence truth says a consistent set of sentences is true - which ties truth to belief
3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 1. Tarski's Truth / a. Tarski's truth definition
Tarski enumerates cases of truth, so it can't be applied to new words or languages
Tarski define truths by giving the extension of the predicate, rather than the meaning
3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 1. Tarski's Truth / b. Satisfaction and truth
Axioms spell out sentence satisfaction. With no free variables, all sequences satisfy the truths
Tarski gave axioms for satisfaction, then derived its explicit definition, which led to defining truth
We can explain truth in terms of satisfaction - but also explain satisfaction in terms of truth
Satisfaction is a sort of reference, so maybe we can define truth in terms of reference?
3. Truth / F. Semantic Truth / 2. Semantic Truth
Many say that Tarski's definitions fail to connect truth to meaning
Tarski does not tell us what his various truth predicates have in common
Tarski defined truth for particular languages, but didn't define it across languages
Truth is the basic concept, because Convention-T is agreed to fix the truths of a language
To define a class of true sentences is to stipulate a possible language
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 1. Redundant Truth
Truth is basic and clear, so don't try to replace it with something simpler
3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 2. Deflationary Truth
Tarski is not a disquotationalist, because you can assign truth to a sentence you can't quote
5. Theory of Logic / I. Semantics of Logic / 5. Satisfaction
'Satisfaction' is a generalised form of reference
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 11. Properties as Sets
Treating predicates as sets drops the predicate for a new predicate 'is a member of', which is no help
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 6. Probability
Probability can be constrained by axioms, but that leaves open its truth nature
15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 5. Generalisation by mind
Predicates are a source of generality in sentences
19. Language / A. Language / 5. Metaphor
We indicate use of a metaphor by its obvious falseness, or trivial truth
19. Language / A. Language / 6. Predicates
Modern predicates have 'places', and are sentences with singular terms deleted from the places
The concept of truth can explain predication
19. Language / B. Meaning / 2. Meaning as Mental
If we reject corresponding 'facts', we should also give up the linked idea of 'representations'
19. Language / B. Meaning / 4. Meaning as Use
Meaning involves use, but a sentence has many uses, while meaning stays fixed
19. Language / B. Meaning / 6. Meaning as Truth-Conditions
You only understand an order if you know what it is to obey it
Utterances have the truth conditions intended by the speaker
19. Language / B. Meaning / 8. Meaning through Sentences
We recognise sentences at once as linguistic units; we then figure out their parts
19. Language / C. Semantics / 4. Truth-Conditions Semantics
Top-down semantic analysis must begin with truth, as it is obvious, and explains linguistic usage
19. Language / C. Semantics / 8. Compositionality
If you assign semantics to sentence parts, the sentence fails to compose a whole
19. Language / E. Propositions / 1. Propositions
If propositions are facts, then false and true propositions are indistinguishable
19. Language / E. Propositions / 4. Support for Propositions
'Humanity belongs to Socrates' is about humanity, so it's a different proposition from 'Socrates is human'
19. Language / G. Interpretation / 3. Charity
The principle of charity says an interpreter must assume the logical constants