Donald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the Mental

Donald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the Mental

by Gerhard Preyer


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The analysis of the connections between truth, meaning, thought, and action poses a major philosophical challenge—one that Donald Davidson addressed by establishing a unified theory of language and mind. This volume offers a reappraisal of Davidson's intellectual legacy. Twelve specially written essays by leading philosophers in the field illuminate a range of enduring philosophical problems, and engage in particular with Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig's interpretation of Davidson's philosophy. The collection affirms Davidson's continuing influence on the study of language, mind, and action, and offers a variety of new perspectives on his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199697519
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/08/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gerhard Preyer is Professor of Sociology at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt. He is the editor of ProtoSociology: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research. He is author, among other works, of Donald Davidson's Philosophy: From Radical Interpretation to Radical Contextualism (2nd edition, 2011), and Intention and Practical Thought (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Davidson's Philosophical Project, Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig
Part I: Truth-Theory, Meaning, and Logical Form
1. Davidson's Contribution to the Philosophy of Language, Gilbert Harman
2. Truth Theories, Competence, and Semantic Computation, Peter Pagin
3. Davidson's Explication of Meaning, Gary Ebbs
4. Against Logical Form, Zoltan Gendler Szabo
5. A Truth Predicate in the Object Language, William G. Lycan
6. Swampman, Response-Dependence, and Meaning, Nathaniel Goldberg
Part II: Radical Interpretation, Perception, and the Mental
7. Knowledge and Error: A New Approach to Radical Interpretation, Olav Gjelsvik
8. Perception and Intermediaries, Kathrin Gluer
9. On Davidson's View of First Person Authority, Bruce Aune
10. Davidson, First Person Authority, and the Evidence for Semantics, Steven Gross
11. Davidsonian Holism in Recent Philosophy of Psychiatry, Marga Reimer
12. Taking Back the Excitement: Construing 'Theoretical Concepts' so as to Avoid the Threat of Underdetermination, Richard Manning

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