Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement

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Seeing through Language

Donald Davidson

We see the world through language; but how should we understand this metaphor? Is language a medium that simply reproduces for the mind, or accurately records, what is out there? Or is it so dense there is no telling what the world is really like? Perhaps language is somewhere in between, a translucent material, so that the world bears the tint and focus of the particular language we speak.

Donald Davidson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley