Problems of Rationality: Philosophical Essays Volume 4

Paperback | April 15, 2004

byDonald Davidson

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Problems of Rationality is the eagerly awaited fourth volume of Donald Davidson's philosophical writings. From the 1960s until his death in August 2003 Davidson was perhaps the most influential figure in English-language philosophy, and his work has had a profound effect upon the discipline.His unified theory of the interpretation of thought, meaning, and action holds that rationality is a necessary condition for both mind and interpretation. Davidson here develops this theory to illuminate value judgements and how we understand them; to investigate what the conditions are forattributing mental states to an object or creature; and to grapple with the problems presented by thoughts and actions which seem to be irrational. Anyone working on knowledge, mind, and language will find these essays essential reading.

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Problems of Rationality is the eagerly awaited fourth volume of Donald Davidson's philosophical writings. From the 1960s until his death in August 2003 Davidson was perhaps the most influential figure in English-language philosophy, and his work has had a profound effect upon the discipline.His unified theory of the interpretation of t...

Donald Davidson was formerly at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:April 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Marcia Cavell: IntroductionRationality and Value1. The Problem of Objectivity (1995)2. Expressing Evaluations (1984)3. The Objectivity of Values (1995)Appendix: Objectivity and Practical Reason (1999)4. The Interpersonal Comparison of Values (1996)Problems and Proposals5. Turing's Test (1990)6. Representation and Interpretation (1990)7. Problems in the Explanation of Action (1987)8. Could There Be a Science of Rationality? (1995)9. What Thought Requires (2001)10. A Unified Theory of Thought, Meaning, and Action (1980)Irrationality11. Paradoxes of Irrationality (1974)12. Incoherence and Irrationality (1985)13. Deception and Division (1986)14. Who is Fooled? (1997)Ernie Lepore: Interview with Donald Davidson