Chapter 5. Foucault, Davidson, and Interpretation

  1. Timothy O'Leary2 and
  2. Christopher Falzon3
  1. C. G. Prado BA, MA, PhD Professor Emeritus

Published Online: 25 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320091.ch5

Foucault and Philosophy

Foucault and Philosophy

How to Cite

Prado, C. G. (2010) Foucault, Davidson, and Interpretation, in Foucault and Philosophy (eds T. O'Leary and C. Falzon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320091.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Hong Kong

  2. 3

    University of Newcastle, Australia

Author Information

  1. Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189606

Online ISBN: 9781444320091



  • Foucault, Davidson, and interpretation;
  • two thinkers - more disparate than Michel Foucault and Donald Davidson;
  • the misperception - Foucault's relativistic conception of truth;
  • Foucault's relativization of truth - his understanding of truth as entirely linguistic;
  • Foucault's understanding of truth as a property - practice-bestowed rather than world-bestowed;
  • Foucault's rejection of linguistic idealism - rooted, in his repudiation of implications of his archaeological work;
  • Foucault understanding of all truth - as linguistic and power-produced;
  • Davidson's account of interpretation, central - rejecting traditional understanding of language as conventional;
  • the principle of charity or presupposition - true beliefs about the common environment;
  • Davidson's interpretation, understanding acquisition of interpretive inclinations - or prior and passing theories as changes in subjects


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Misperception

  • Davidson on Interpretation

  • The Proposal

  • References