Grazer Philosophische Studien

Volume 11, 1980

Donald Davidson
Pages 1-12

Toward a Unified Theory of Meaning and Action

The central propositional attitudes of belief, desire, and meaning are interdependent; it is therefore fruitless to analyse one or two of them in terms of the others. A method is outlined in this paper that yields a theory for interpreting speech, a measure of degree of belief, and a measure of desirability. The method combines in a novel way features of Bayesean decision theory, and a Quinean approach to radical interpretation.