Category Archives: Donald Davidson

McDowell, “Mind and World” — Concepts and Intuitions

At the outset of the first lecture that composes Mind and World, McDowell writes that his “overall topic…in these lectures is the way concepts mediate the relation between minds and the world” (3). He suggests that the way to do this is … Continue reading

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Introducing McDowell’s “Mind and World”

McDowell introduces his Mind and World this way: “My aim is to propose an account, in a diagnostic spirit, of some characteristic anxieties of modern philosophy – anxieties that center…on the relation between mind and world…I aim at explaining how it comes … Continue reading

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Are there “immediate beliefs”?

Wolterstorff says there are, and understands them to be beliefs that depend on no other beliefs (his example: “I am now awake.”) (Liberalism, 57). Bruce Marshall, following Davidson, argues, by contrast, that all beliefs depend on other beliefs — the … Continue reading

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