Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Radical interpretation, philosophy: is an expression for a family of thought experiments, which has the object of the translation of a completely foreign language into the language of the interpreter, which the interpreter does not understand at all. See also translation, indeterminacy, Gavagai.
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Radical interpretation/RI/Schiffer: in it we seek explicit propositional knowledge: Davidsonians: no translation: this is possible without understanding a language - ((s) mechanically comparing pairs of sentences.) - Davidson: we have to have a meaning theory for the own language - SchifferVsDavidson: for the radical interpretation a theory of translation is possible - we do not need a meaning theory for the native language, because we do not need compositional semantics - solution: psychological model.

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Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-30