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This is the long-awaited third volume of philosophical writings by Davidson, whose influence on philosophy since the 1960s has been deep and broad. His first two collections, published by Oxford in the early 1980s, are recognized as contemporary classics. His ideas have continued to flow; now, in this new work, he presents a selection of his best work on knowledge, mind, and language from the last two decades. It is a rich and rewarding feast for anyone interested in philosophy, and essential reading for anyone working on these topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237532
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/13/2001
  • Series: Philosophical Essays Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgements
Subjective 1
1 First Person Authority (1984) 3
2 Knowing One's Own Mind (1987) 15
3 The Myth of the Subjective (1988) 39
4 What is Present to the Mind? (1989) 53
5 Indeterminism and Antirealism (1997) 69
6 The Irreducibility of the Concept of the Self (1998) 85
Intersubjective 93
7 Rational Animals (1982) 95
8 The Second Person (1992) 107
9 The Emergence of Thought (1997) 123
Objective 135
10 A Coherence Theory of Truth and Knowledge (1983) 137
Afterthoughts (1987) 154
11 Empirical Content (1982) 159
12 Epistemology and Truth (1988) 177
13 Epistemology Externalized (1990) 193
14 Three Varieties of Knowledge (1991) 205
Contents List of Volumes of Essays 221
Bibliographical References 227
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Demanding Donald Davidson

    Donald Davidson is one of the truly great names in twentieth century American philosophy. The author of numerous papers, he belongs among such philosophical pillars as Pierce, James, Dewey, and Quine. While Davidson's essays are not for the faint of heart, those who have a taste for philosophy (or a touch of masochism) will find him very rewarding. Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective collects many of Davidson's papers from the past twenty years. Two more collections of papers from the same time period (entitled Problems of Rationality and Truth, Language and History) are in the works. The latter is scheduled to include 'A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs,' a paper that was first published in 1986 and that shows that Davidson can be very funny as well as difficult for the general reader. Davidson has deeply influenced such other contemporary American philosophers as Rorty, Putnam, and Hacking. While Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective will most likely never achieve best-seller status, even non-philosophers such as myself have much to gain from it. Start with its final essay, entitled 'Three Varieties of Knowledge,' follow up with the other four papers in part three of the book (sub-titled 'Objective'), and then read the rest of the book from the beginning.

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