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Rational Animals

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/10.1093/0198237537.003.0007

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

Rational Animals

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This chapter is an attempt to specify some of the constitutive components of human rationality. Drawing on conclusions previously defended (mainly in his essay ‘Thought and Talk’), Davidson argues for the mutual dependence of thought and language. Given the characteristically holistic framework of the discussion, Davidson regards this conclusion as being established by antecedent empirical knowledge rather than by considerations that secure a necessary footing.

Keywords: empirical knowledge; holism; holistic framework; human rationality; language; rational animals; thought

Chapter.  4872 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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