The Emergence of Thought

Donald Davidson

in Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780198237532
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597312 | DOI:

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

The Emergence of Thought

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This chapter is concerned with the cognitive development of the pre‐conceptual mental life of an infant through to the psychologically fully equipped mind of a child or adult. Davidson argues that known natural languages do not possess the linguistic potential to describe this development, mainly because our current vocabularies are impotent for the task at hand. Furthermore, Davidson argues, it is not clear what would satisfy the felt need for such a vocabulary.

Keywords: cognitive development; emergence of thought; linguistic potential; natural languages; pre‐conceptual mental life

Chapter.  5197 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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