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Interpretations and Causes

New Perspectives on Donald Davidson’s Philosophy

  • Mario de Caro

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 285)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Davidson in Focus

    1. Mario De Caro
      Pages 1-29
  3. Interpretation: Hard in Theory, Easy in Practice

  4. Language, Metaphysics, and Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Ernest Lepore
      Pages 47-70
    3. Ted A. Warfield
      Pages 95-100
    4. Sandro Nannini
      Pages 101-116
    5. Paolo Leonardi
      Pages 117-124
    6. Simone Gozzano
      Pages 137-149
  5. Externalism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Peter Ludlow
      Pages 159-170
    3. Eva Picardi
      Pages 171-185
    4. Marcia Cavell
      Pages 187-200
    5. Akeel Bilgrami
      Pages 217-249
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-272

About this book


Many articles and books dealing with Donald Davidson's philosophy are dedicated to the papers and ideas Davidson put forward in the `sixties and `seventies. In the last two decades, however, Davidson has continued to work in many areas of philosophy, offering new contributions, many of which are highly regarded by philosophers working in the fields concerned. For instance, Davidson has considerably developed his ideas about interpretation, theory of meaning, irreducibility of the mental, causation, and action theory; he has proposed an innovative externalist conception of the mental content and a new analysis of the concept of truth; and he has partly modified his theses about event, and the supervenience of the mental on the physical.
In Interpretations and Causes, some of the leading contemporary analytic philosophers discuss Davidson's new ideas in a lively, relevant, useful, and not always entirely sympathetic way. Davidson himself offers and original contribution.


Donald Davidson freedom idea language logic metaphysics mind reason scepticism truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Mario de Caro
    • 1
  1. 1.Università Roma TreItaly

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