Interpretation and understanding

Erkenntnis 52 (2):175-183 (2000)

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Catherine Elgin
Harvard University
Abstract
To understand a term or other symbol, I argue that it is generally neither necessary nor sufficient to assign it a unique determinate reference. Independent of and prior to investigation, it is frequently indeterminate not only whether a sentence is true, but also what its truth conditions are. Nelson Goodman's discussions of likeness of meaning are deployed to explain how this can be so.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Ethics   Logic   Ontology
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