Radical interpretation, understanding, and the testimonial transmission of knowledge

S. C. Goldberg*

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Abstract

In this paper I argue that Radical Interpretation (RI), taken to be a methodological doctrine regarding the conditions under which an interpretation of an utterance is both warranted and correct, has unacceptable implications for the conditions on (ascriptions of) understanding. The notion of understanding at play is that which underwrites the testimonial transmission of knowledge. After developing this notion I argue that, on the assumption of RI, hearers will fail to have such understanding in situations in which we should want to maintain otherwise. The overall effect of the argument is to provide a heretofore unexamined source of motivation for anti-individualistic approaches to the semantics of utterances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-416
Number of pages30
JournalSynthese
Volume138
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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