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By Ernest Lepore, Kirk Ludwig

A better half to Donald Davidson provides newly commissioned essays by way of top figures inside modern philosophy. Taken jointly, they supply a entire evaluation of Davidson’s paintings throughout its complete variety, and an evaluation of his many contributions to philosophy.

  • Highlights the breadth of Davidson's paintings throughout philosophy
  • Demonstrates the ongoing impression his paintings has at the philosophical community
  • Includes newly commissioned contributions from major figures in modern philosophy
  • Provides an in-depth exposition and research of Davidson's paintings around the variety of parts to which he contributed, together with philosophy of motion, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind
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This is due to the fact that human agents are not merely representing the world but take an evaluative stand towards it. We do not confine ourselves to holding some sentences true, but we also prefer some sentences to be true and others to be false. Hence, the way we “measure” agents by ascribing truth conditions to her can take different dimensions or perspectives. , believing, doubting, hoping, or being afraid that a rabbit runs by). ) Ascriptions of such attitudes, in turn, are subject to further constraints in addition to the empirical evidence and formal demands of a truth theory.

Actions and Their Rationalization Actions, according to Davidson and most other philosophers of action, are events. Events in turn are spatiotemporally individuated entities, standing in part-whole relationships, as well as in causal relations to other events (cf. EAE Essays 8–10 and Appendix B). For Davidson, however, only events of a special kind can be actions, namely bodily movements (EAE 59, POR 101–106). This claim emerges from his account of a prominent feature in the ascription of agency: the employment of the “by”-locution.

Given that these empirical constraints are met, we can use our own sentences to “measure” (or keep track of) actual and even possible utterances of the speaker. This is where the concept of meaning is located in Davidson’s philosophy of language (ITI, Essay 2), for example, when we say: the alien speaker’s sentence “Gavagai” means that: a rabbit is running by. We use our sentence “A rabbit is running by” as a way of keeping track of the meaning of “Gavagai” in her language, based on an empirical theory of truth for that language.

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