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Donald Davidson (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus) Hardcover – July 28, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0521790437 ISBN-10: 0521790433 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521790433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521790437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,604,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the collection gives a very good sense of Davidson's unitary position on an impressively large array of issues, and provides a vivid picture of both the breadth and depth of Davidson's integrated system of views." Philosophy in Review

"...a first-rate introduction to Davidson's philosophy which will be most beneficial to students. The book is sufficiently accessible for undergraduates to digest but will also interest graduate students and those with a professional interest in Davidson's philosophy." Metapsychology

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Donald Davidson has been one of the most influential figures on modern analytic philosophy and has made seminal contributions in a wide range of subjects: philosophy of language, philosophy of action, philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics and the theory of rationality. His principal work, embodied in a series of landmark essays stretching over nearly 40 years, exhibits a unity rare among philosophers contributing on so many diverse fronts. This is the only comprehensive introduction to the full range of Davidson's work.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randall Helzerman on March 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
NOTE TO READER: Unfortunately, due to a glitch in Amazon's review system, you can read this review from two different books:

The right book: Donald Davidson (Contemporary Philosophy in Focus) edited by Kirk Ludwig
The wrong book: Donald Davidson: Meaning, Truth, Language, and Reality written by Leport and Ludwig.

Although I recommend both books, this review is for the first book.

Davidson's philosophy is very systematic, but very unsystematically presented. It has only been available in bits and pieces--an essay here, an interview there, perhaps some conference proceedings, etc. Getting the big picture was almost as hard as studying a pointalistic painting under a microscope--each dot was there, but how do they form a coherent whole?

This circumstance makes the appearance of this book quite fortunate indeed. Each chapter is written by first-rate philosophers who can do a first-rate job of presenting Davidson's philosophy to a newbie audience.

A note of caution: as I'm sure the authors themselves would agree, reading this book is NOT a substitute for reading Davidson's essays. This book isn't a substitute for Davidson, but a wide and accessible road which leads to Davidson. After reading this book you will be able to understand and confront Davidson's essays directly--an experience which has profoundly affected even very great philosophers such as Quine and Rorty.
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