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Donald Davidson


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Donald Herbert Davidson (March 6, 1917 – August 30, 2003) was an American philosopher born in Springfield, Massachusetts, who served as Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley from 1981 to 2003 after having also held teaching appointments at Stanford University, Rockefeller University, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago. Davidson was known for his... more »

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  • Even if someone knew the entire physical history of the world, and every mental event were identical with a physical, it would not follow that he could predict or explain a single mental event (so des...
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917), U.S. philosopher of language. Essays on Actions and Events, p. 224 (1980). On the separateness of mental and physical l...
  • Conceptual relativism is a heady and exotic doctrine, or would be if we could make good sense of it. The trouble is, as so often in philosophy, it is hard to improve intelligibility while retaining th...
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917), U.S. philosopher. Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, p. 183, Oxford University Press (1984).
  • If we cannot find a way to interpret the utterances and other behavior of a creature as revealing a set of beliefs largely consistent and true by our standards, we have no reason to count that creatur...
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917), U.S. philosopher of language. Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, p. 137 (1984). Basis for the author's "principle...
  • ''Mental events such as perceivings, rememberings, decisions, and actions resist capture in the net of physical theory.''
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917), U.S. professor of philosophy (Berkeley, Chicago, Rockefeller, Princeton, and Stanford). also in Experience and Theory, ed. ...
  • Conceptual relativism is a heady and exotic doctrine, or would be if we could make good sense of it. The trouble is, as so often in philosophy, it is hard to improve intelligibility while retaining th...
    Donald Davidson (b. 1917), U.S. philosopher of language. "The Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme," p. 183, Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation (1984...
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