Philosophical Studies

, Volume 154, Issue 2, pp 251–277 | Cite as

Truth and meaning redux

  • Ernie LeporeEmail author
  • Kirk Ludwig


In this paper, we defend Davidson's program in truth-theoretical semantics against recent criticisms by Scott Soames. We argue that Soames has misunderstood Davidson's project, that in consequence his criticisms miss the mark, that appeal to meanings as entities in the alternative approach that Soames favors does no work, and that the approach is no advance over truth-theoretic semantics.


Donald Davidson Truth-theoretic semantics Meaning Scott Soames 



We would like to thank John Burgess, Gil Harman, and Miguel Hoeltje for discussion and comments that have led to improvements in this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Cognitive ScienceRutgers University-New BrunswickPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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