Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Example: If I am unaware of the difference between a short-beaked echidna and a porcupine, I might call all short-beaked echidna I run into a porcupine. But since I learned the word "porcupine" in a particular environment, my word "porcupine" does not refer to short-beaked echidna, but to porcupines.
I 101 f
Porcupines are what my word refers to and it is porcupines that I believe to have before me, when I honestly say: "This is a porcupine." My ignorance of the circumstances that determine what I mean is not suited in the least to show that I do not know what I mean and think.

D. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-25