chapter  6
Properties, Propositions, and Facts
Pages 16

As we saw in Chapter 1, Davidson does not employ the metaphysical notion of “meaning” in giving his account of linguistic meaning. Propositions, as understood by philosophers to be the entities expressed by sentences in use, thus have no part in his account of language. Similarly, he does not analyze predication in terms of an object instantiating a property. The notion of a property as a component of facts is of course ruled out by his arguments that sentences do not refer. Likewise, he rejects facts as referents or truthmakers for sentences. He accepts a proof, whose avoidance requires major constraints on an underlying logic, that there is at most one fact, if facts are truth-makers for sentences.