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Discusiones Filosóficas

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RIVERA-NOVOA, ÁNGEL  and  GONZALEZ, ÓSCAR LEANDRO. Davidson and intensional-extensional dilemma: aporiae of interpretation. discus.filos [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.30, pp.79-95. ISSN 0124-6127.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17151/difil.2017.18.30.5.

When constructing a theory of meaning for a natural language, a dilemma arises. If the theory is extensional, it will not be interpretative. If it is intensional, the theory will beg the question. In this article, we argue that Davidson's extensional theory of meaning escapes this dilemma. First, we present what is that theory. Then, we show the different criticisms that the theory has received, according to which this theory is not interpretative. Finally, we argue that such criticisms are insuffi cient and, moreover, that all intensional theory necessarily commits methodological errors.

Keywords : Donald Davidson; theory of meaning; intensional theory; extensional theory; interpretation; Tarski.

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