Michael Dummett and the Theory of Meaning
Published in 1998, this book argues that in recent decades, Anglo-American philosophy of language has been captivated by the idea that the key to progress in this area of philosophy lies in investigating the possibility of constructing a theory of meaning. This text provides an in-depth critique of the Davidsonian suggestion that Tarski's work on formal definitions of truth is an important element in allowing us to understand the form that the theory of meaning should take.
1. The Background 2. What is a Theory of Meaning? 3. Full-Bloodedness or Modesty? 4. Explanation or Description? 5. Dispositions, Casual Bases and Tacit Knowledge 6. Tacit Knowledge, Belief and Intentionality 7. Concluding Comments.