Davidson on intentionality and externalism

Philosophy 73 (286):539-552 (1998)
Davidson has attempted to integrate externalism into his account of meaning and understanding. He contends that what words mean is fixed in part by the circumstances in which they were learnt, in which the basic connection between words and things is established. This connection is allegedly established by causal interaction between people and the world. Words and sentences derive their meanings from the objects and circumstances in which they were learnt, which
Keywords Epistemology  Externalism  Intentionality  Language  Davidson, D
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DOI 10.1017/S003181919800401X
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