Donald Davidson

Donald Davidson : A Short Introduction

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Donald Davidson was one of the 20th Century's deepest analytic thinkers. He developed a systematic picture of the human mind and its relation to the world, an original and sustained vision that exerted a shaping influence well beyond analytic philosophy of mind and language. At its center is an idea of minded creatures as essentially rational animals: Rational animals can be interpreted, their behavior can be understood, and the contents of their thoughts are, in principle, open to others. The combination of a rigorous analytic stance with aspects of humanism so distinctive of Davidsonian thought finds its maybe most characteristic expression when this central idea is brought to bear on the relation of the mental to the physical: Davidson defended the irreducibility of its rational nature while acknowledging that the mental is ultimately determined by the physical. Davidson made contributions of lasting importance to a wide range of topics - from general theory of meaning and content over formalshow more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019538296X
  • 9780195382969
  • 663,254

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I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a sure-footed guide to Davidsonas overall vision, to the intricacies of its execution and its structure, to its insights, and to the tensions and problems to which it gives rise. * Dialectica * This is an excellent guide to Donald Davidson's important contributions to many aspects of philosophy, including the theory of action, linguistic meaning, the relation between mind and body, rationality, empiricism, etc. It is chock full of interesting points. * Gil Harman, Review of Metaphysics * Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of Davidson's thought. The genius of Gluer's work lies in her creation of a coherent and compelling synthesis out of Davidson's journal articles. Her book is well written, well structured, and well served by her examples, and she succeeds in making the thoughts of a difficult thinker understandable and intuitive. She also manages to balance her synthesis with exposure of the tensions in some of his claims, providing helpful critiques of them. For readers who already have a basic familiarity with the contours of the philosophy of language, this book will provide an excellent introduction to Donald Davidson's philosophy. * Philosophy Now * Superb. Gluer provides a thorough yet accessible survey and summary of Davidson's thought...This is truly an excellent introduction to a difficult philosopher. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *show more

About Kathrin Gluer

Kathrin Gluer is Professor of Philosophy, University of Stockholmshow more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1 Introduction ; 2 Radical Interpretation: Davidson's Philosophy of Language ; 3 The Principle of Charity ; 4 Davidson's Theory of Action ; 5 Language, Mind, and World ; 6 The Mental and the Physical ; Appendix ; Bibliographyshow more

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