Davidsonian Triangulation and Heideggerian Comportment

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Recent literature comparing the works of Heidegger and Davidson suggests that one of the main differences between these two thinkers is that the latter lacks any notion of non‐linguistic interpretation and understanding; the only way of making sense of a domain of entities for Davidson is theory. I argue against this common perspective and show that Davidson is committed to a primitive, pre‐conceptual form of understanding that is socially mediated. This primitive form of understanding is essential to the functioning of what Davidson calls ‘primitive triangulation'. Properly understood, primitive triangulation shares many structural features with Dasein's comportment.

Keywords: Davidson; Heidegger; comportment; pre‐linguistic interpretation; triangulation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672550600858387

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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