A Companion to Donald Davidson by Ernest Lepore, Kirk Ludwig

By Ernest Lepore, Kirk Ludwig

A significant other to Donald Davidson provides newly commissioned essays via top figures inside modern philosophy. Taken jointly, they supply a entire evaluate of Davidson’s paintings throughout its complete variety, and an overview of his many contributions to philosophy.

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  • Demonstrates the continued impact 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 diversity of parts to which he contributed, together with philosophy of motion, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind
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Also Davidson 1985: 227). But as Davidson already made clear in his famous argument for anomalous monism, “it is possible (and typical) to know of the singular causal relation without knowing the law or the relevant descriptions” (EAE 224). This is what our nonstrict everyday generalizations are good for: “Knowledge requires reasons, but these are available in the form of rough heteronomic generalizations, which are lawlike in that instances make it reasonable to expect other instances to follow suit without being lawlike in the sense of being indefinitely refinable” (EAE 224).

Stoecker, R. (2003). Climbers, pigs and wiggled ears: the problem of waywardness in action theory. In Physicalism and Mental Causation: The Metaphysics of Mind and Action, S. Walter and D. Heckmann (eds). Charlottesville, VA: Imprint Academic. Stoutland, F. (2001). Responsive action and the belief-desire model. Grazer Philosophische Studien 61:83–106. Thompson, M. (2008). Life and Action: Elementary Structures of Practice and Practical Thought. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press. 31 2 Practical Reason AG N E S C A L L A R D If Abe wants just one thing and sees that the only way to get it is by φ-ing, it is reasonable to suppose that he will, unless prevented, φ.

They have to conform to certain principles of rationality that relate them to the behavior, in particular to the nonlinguistic behavior, of the speaker. Perhaps the most basic of these principles is the claim from ARC that in order to explain the behavior of a person with recourse to the system of her attitudes, there has to be a primary reason for the behavior (rendering it an action). Then there is the more demanding principle that the action must coincide with what the agent regards as being best on the basis of all relevant reasons (“principle of continence”) (EAE 41).

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