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1st Edition

Donald Davidson: Life and Words

Edited By

Maria Baghramian

ISBN 9780415528801
Published September 24, 2012 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Donald Davidson (1917-2003) was one of the most prominent philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. His thinking about language, mind, and epistemology has shaped the views of several generations of philosophers. This book brings together articles by a host of prominent philosophers to provide new interpretations of Davidson’s key ideas about meaning, language and thought.

The book opens with short commemorative pieces by a wide range of people who knew Davidson well, giving us glimpses into the life of a great philosopher, a beloved husband and father, a colleague, teacher and friend. The chapter by Lepore and Ludwig and the ensuing heated debate with Frederick Stoutland on how to interpret Davidson demonstrate why Davidson’s legacy has become a disputed intellectual territory. The chapters by Kathrin Glüer, Peter Pagin, Barry Smith, James Higginbotham and William Child, all eminent philosophers of language, are prime examples of just one strand of this legacy, while the piece by Sophie Gibb gives us an opening to Davidson’s enormous contribution to philosophy of mind. Donald Davidson: Life and Words closes with a piece by Davidson himself, first published in 1995 in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, where he brings together the various strands of his work in a Unified Theory of speech and action.

This book comprises key articles first published in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies and previously unpublished commemorative pieces, and serves as a fitting dedication to the work and memory of a great philosopher.

Table of Contents

Foreword Marcia Cavell  Introduction: Davidson: Life and Legacy Maria Baghramian  Part I. Remembering Donald  1. Marcia Cavell  2. Akeel Bilgrami  3. Elizabeth Boyer (Davidson)  4. Tyler Burge  5. Pascal Engel  6. Dagfinn Follesdal  7. Kathrin Glüer  8. Gilbert Harman  9. John McDowell  10. Jeff Malpas  11. Thomas Nagel  12. Stephen Neale  13. Richard Rorty  14. Carol Rovane  15. Barry Stroud  16. Samuel C. Wheeler III  Part II. Interpreting Davidson  17. Ontology in the Theory of Meaning Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig  18. A Mistaken View of Davidson's Legacy Frederick Stoutland  19. Radical Misinterpretation: A Reply to Stoutland Ernest Lepore and Kirk Ludwig  20. Radical Misinterpretation Indeed: Response to Lepore and Ludwig Frederick Stoutland  21. The Status of Charity I: Conceptual Truth or A Posteriori Necessity? Kathrin Glüer  22 The Status of Charity II: Charity, Probability, and Simplicity Peter Pagin  23. Davidson, Interpretation and First-Person Constraints on Meaning Barry Smith  24. Expression, Truth, Predication and Context: Two Perspectives James Higginbotham  25. Interpreting People and Interpreting Texts William Child  26. Why Davidson is not a Property Epiphenomenalist Sophie Gibb  Part III. The Last Word  27. Could There Be a Science of Rationality? Donald Davidson

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Maria Baghramian is currently Head of the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland, and Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. She has published widely on contemporary American philosophy, relativism and pluralism. In 2010 she was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy.