By Ernest Lepore, Kirk Ludwig

ISBN-10: 0470673702

ISBN-13: 9780470673706

A better half to Donald Davidson offers newly commissioned essays via best figures inside of modern philosophy. Taken jointly, they supply a entire assessment of Davidson’s paintings throughout its complete diversity, and an evaluation of his many contributions to philosophy.

  • Highlights the breadth of Davidson's paintings throughout philosophy
  • Demonstrates the ongoing impact his paintings has at the philosophical community
  • Includes newly commissioned contributions from best figures in modern philosophy
  • Provides an in-depth exposition and research of Davidson's paintings around the diversity of components to which he contributed, together with philosophy of motion, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind
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Lanz, P. (1993). The explanatory force of action explanations. In Reflecting Davidson, R. ). Berlin: W. de Gruyter. Mayr, E. (2011). Understanding Human Agency. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. I. (1961). Free Action. London; New York: Routledge and Kegan Paul. R. (2000). Goal-directed action: teleological explanations, causal theories, and deviance. Noûs 34:279–300. Sehon, S. (2010). Teleological explanation. In A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, T. O’Connor and C. Sandis (eds).

But if more than one belief–desire combination emerges as relevant to my situation, and if I am thereby pulled two different directions, we have a kind of conflict that cannot be handled by the view from Figure 1. What we seem to need is a psychic power or act that will adjudicate between the recommended actions to pick between them. On the Figure 1 view, the very combination of desire and belief produces an action, which rules out the possibility of bringing together the relevant beliefs and desires without acting on them, as part of the process of figuring out which to act on.

I think almost exactly the reverse is the case: ordinary explanations of action, perception, memory, and reasoning, as well as the attribution of thoughts, intentions, and desires, is riddled with causal concepts; whereas it is a sign of progress in a science that it rids itself of causal concepts” (PoR 96). There remains the other problem, however, that there are not even rough and ready generalizations that support typical action explanations; in this respect, they are unlike, for example, the explanation of the fire by the short-circuit.

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