Donald Davidson's theory of mind is non-normative

Philosophers' Imprint 3:1-14 (2003)

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Timothy Schroeder
Rice University
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Donald Davidson's theory of mind is widely regarded as a normative theory. This is a something of a confusion. Once a distinction has been made between the categorisation scheme of a norm and the norm's force-maker, it becomes clear that a Davidsonian theory of mind is not a normative theory after all. Making clear the distinction, applying it to Davidson's theory of mind, and showing its significance are the main purposes of this paper. In the concluding paragraphs, a sketch is given of how a truly normative Davidsonian theory of mind might be formulated
Keywords Metaphysics  Mind  Normative  Davidson, D
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