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The Myth of the Subjective

Donald Davidson

in Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780198237532
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237537.003.0003

Series: The Philosophical Essays of Donald Davidson (5 Volumes)

The Myth of the Subjective

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This chapter is a direct attack on the idea of a subjective–objective dichotomy resulting in a fundamental distinction between uninterpreted experience and an organizing structure of concepts. Consequently, Davidson attacks the foundation of all metaphysical and epistemological dualisms and the philosophical stances based upon them. He attempts to make a case for their replacement by a view that combines the denial of objects before the mind with the claim that empirical knowledge does not and need not have an epistemological foundation.

Keywords: concepts; empirical knowledge; epistemological foundation; metaphysical and epistemological dualisms; subjective–objective dichotomy

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Subjects: Metaphysics

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