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Interpretation and Understanding

Catherine Z. Elgin
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 52, No. 2 (2000), pp. 175-183
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20012981
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

To understand a term or other symbol, I argue that it is generally neither necessary nor sufficient to assign it a unique determinate reference. Independent of and prior to investigation, it is frequently indeterminate not only whether a sentence is true, but also what its truth conditions are. Nelson Goodman's discussions of likeness of meaning are deployed to explain how this can be so.

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