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Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction

Kathrin Gl¨uer


Donald Davidson was one of the 20th century’s deepest analytic thinkers. He developed a systematic picture of the human mind and its relation to the world. At its center is an idea of minded creatures as essentially rational animals. The combination of a rigorous analytic stance with aspects of humanism so distinctive of Davidsonian thought finds its, maybe, most characteristic expression when this central idea is brought to bear on the relation of the mental to the physical: Davidson defended the irreducibility of its rational nature while acknowledging that the mental is ultimately determine ... More

Keywords: Donald Davidson, analytic thinker, rational animals, humanism, metaphysics, epistemology, theory of meaning and content

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195382976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195382976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathrin Gl¨uer, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Stockholm