DAVIDSON AND FIRST-PERSON AUTHORITY: PARATAXIS AND SELF-EXPRESSION

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0114.2009.01339.x

Affiliations: Department of PhilosophyWilfrid Laurier University

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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