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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 15361
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Review of 'Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument: A Philosophical Inquiry', by Claudine Verheggen and Robert Myers (Routledge, 2016)
  Author(s):  Ali Hossein Khani
  Status:   Published
  Journal: International Journal of Philosophical Studies
  No.:  1
  Vol.:  26
  Year:  2018
  Pages:   113-117
  Supported by:  IPM
: In this unique and highly stimulating book, Verheggen and Myers explore a very challenging and often puzzling part of Davidson's later writings on meaning, the triangulation argument. The book consists of two parts. Part I, written by Verheggen, aims to develop a reading of Davidson's triangulation argument, which is later deployed to shed light on important issues about the normativity of meaning, externalism, and anti-scepticism in Davidson's philosophy of language. Part II, by Myers, concentrates on the extent to which the triangulation argument can be applied to the case of normative thoughts and reasoning. After a brief review of the second part of the book, which as the authors note can be read almost independently of the first part, I will focus on Verheggen's construal of Davidson's triangulation argument offered in the first part of the book and will raise three related worries in due course.

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