Davidson and first-person authority: Parataxis and self-expression

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2):251-266 (2009)
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Donald Davidson's explanation of first-person authority turns on an ingenious account of speakers' knowledge of meaning. It nonetheless suffers from a structural defect and yields, at best, expressive know-how for speakers. I argue that an expressivist strand already latent in Davidson's paratactic treatment of the semantics of belief attribution can be exploited to repair the defect, and so to yield a plausible account of first-person authority.
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Donald Davidson (1987). Knowing One's Own Mind. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 60 (3):441-458.
Donald Davidson (1968). On Saying That. Synthese 19 (1-2):130-146.

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