Davidson's philosophy of communication

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Donald Davidson, one of the main figures in 20th-century analytic philosophy, can be justifiably described as a philosopher of communication. In the first part of this paper, a key concept in Davidson's philosophy - radical interpretation - is presented and explicated. Then, the second part shows how this notion bears upon key issues and problems in communication theory. It is argued that Davidson's ideas provide support for a constitutive view of communication and that his account of the relation between communication and social convention promotes the unity of communication as a field of research. The final part of the paper discusses the ramifications of radical interpretation for the domain of intercultural communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-172
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006


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