Truth, Language, and History

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Truth, Language, and History is the much-anticipated final volume of Donald Davidson's philosophical writings. In four groups of essays, 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 and mechanistic? Including a new introduction by his widow, Marcia Cavell, this volume completes Donald Davidson's colossal intellectual legacy.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237570
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Series: Philosophical Essays Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Marcia Cavell
1. 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)
7. 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 Monism
13. Thinking Causes (1993)
14. Laws and Cause (1995)
Historical Thoughts
15. 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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