Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Paperback | April 4, 2005

byDonald Davidson

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Truth, Language, and History is the much-anticipated final volume of Donald Davidson's philosophical writings. In the four groups of essays that comprise it, Davidson continues to explore the themes that occupied him for more than fifty years: the relations between language and the world;speaker intention and linguistic meaning; language and mind; mind and body; mind and world; mind and other minds. He asks: what is the role of the concept of truth in these explorations? And, can a scientific world view make room for human thought without reducing it to something material andmechanistic? Davidson's underlying picture, which can be seen in many of these essays, is that we are acquainted directly with the world, not indirectly via some intermediary such as sense-data, representations, or language itself; that thought emerges in the first place through interpersonal communication in ashared material world, and continues to develop as we engage each other in dialogue; and that language depends on communication, not vice versa. This is the triangulating situation - two creatures communicating about a common world - about which Davidson has written elsewhere. As for the mind-bodyrelation: our ontology need posit nothing more that material objects and events; but as explainers we require two mutually irreducible vocabularies: mind and body. In the last six essays Davidson finds interconnections between his own views and those of some of the major philosophers of the past.Including a new introduction by his widow, Marcia Cavell, this volume completes Donald Davidson's colossal intellectual legacy.

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Truth, Language, and History is the much-anticipated final volume of Donald Davidson's philosophical writings. In the four groups of essays that comprise it, Davidson continues to explore the themes that occupied him for more than fifty years: the relations between language and the world;speaker intention and linguistic meaning; langua...

Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was formerly in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.84 inPublished:April 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Marcia Cavell: IntroductionTruth1. Truth Rehabilitated (1997)2. The Folly of Trying to Define Truth (1996)3. Method and Metaphysics (1993)4. Meaning, Truth, and Evidence (1990)5. Pursuit of the Concept of Truth (1995)6. What is Quine's View of Truth? (1994)Language7. A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1986)8. The Social Aspect of Language (1994)9. Seeing Through Language (1997)10. James Joyce and Humpty Dumpty (1989)11. The Third Man (1992)12. Locating Literary Language (1993)Anomalous Monism13. Thinking Causes (1993)14. Laws and Cause (1995)Historical Thoughts15. Plato's Philosopher (1985)16. The Socratic Concept of Truth (1992)17. Dialectic and Dialogue (1994)18. Gadamer and Plato's Philebus (1997)19. Aristotle's Action (2001)20. Spinoza's Causal Theory of the Affects (1993)Appendix: Replies to Rorty, Stroud, McDowell, and Pereda (1998)

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"While every one of the five volumes of Davidson's essays is a philosophical treasure trove, all containing influential and important essays, this final volume is especially interesting since it encompasses a number of key topics that are of special significance in Davidson's thinking...The hope is that the publication of the essays in this volume, along with the essays included in the other four...will eventually give rise to a more integrated appreciation of Davidson's work--work that constitutes one of the landmarks of twentieth-century philosophy."--Jeff Malpas, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews