Davidson's Fear of the Subjective

Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (3):509-532 (2006)
Abstract
According to Donald Davidson, any philosophy of mind that appeals to propositional content is doomed to become an account of the mind as a private theater. But Davidson’s own work on thought-attribution can be used to make propositional content safe. This paper uses Davidson’s negative reaction to Gareth Evans’s works on perceptually based demonstrative thought to tease out a way of talking about propositional content that doesn’t slide into subjectivism. It also explains why Davidson saw Evans as a mentalist enemy rather than an externalist ally, and suggests that Evans’s work could play an important role in furthering Davidson’s distinctive externalism
Keywords Metaphysics  Proposition  Subjective  Thought  Davidson, Donald  Frege, Gottlob
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DOI 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2006.tb00016.x
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