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principle of charity

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Principle especially highlighted by Davidson as governing the interpretation of others. In various versions it constrains the interpreter to maximize the truth or rationality in the subject's sayings. For Davidson it follows that there is no sense in conceiving of a system of thought of which most propositions are false, so the principle forms a surprising buttress against scepticism. See also humanity, principle of.

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