Interpretation and the Indefinability of Truth in Heidegger and Davidson

Richard Matthews


Heidegger famously diminishes the significance of everyday theories of truth like the correspondence theory, disparaging these as a matter of mere correctness.

They are among the starting points that lead to the true but are not themselves genuine or authentic. Donald Davidson develops a theory of interpretation that suggests some reasons why the ordinary senses of truth should not be so mistreated: responsible theories of interpretation should treat the everyday senses of truth more seriously. This paper argues that the necessity of convention T as a condition of interpretation means that correctness is essential both in philosophy and elsewhere.

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