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What Is Present to the Mind?

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/10.1093/0198237537.003.0004

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

What Is Present to the Mind?

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This chapter is a further attempt to exorcise the traditional belief that in experiencing objects, there must be objects present to the mind. Davidson further illuminates and restates the arguments in the two preceding papers and offers more illuminating examples to make his case. He concludes that in experiencing objects, there are no objects before the experiencer's mind, for the attributes of such objects could not be hidden from the agent.

Keywords: mind; objects before the mind

Chapter.  6630 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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