TRIANGULATING WITH DAVIDSON

Author: Verheggen, Claudine

Source: The Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 57, Number 226, January 2007 , pp. 96-103(8)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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According to Davidson, ‘triangulation’ is necessary both to fix the meanings of one's thoughts and utterances and to have the concept of objectivity, both of which are necessary for thinking and talking at all. Against these claims, it has been objected that neither meaning-determination nor possession of the concept of objectivity requires triangulation; nor does the ability to think and talk require possession of the concept of objectivity. But this overlooks the important connection between the tasks that triangulation is meant to perform. One cannot fix concepts or meanings, which one must do for there to be any concepts or meanings at all, without having the concept of objectivity.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.471.x

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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