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Donald Davidson was one of the 20th Century's deepest analytic thinkers. He developed a systematic picture of the human mind and its relation to the world, an original and sustained vision that exerted a shaping influence well beyond analytic philosophy of mind and language. At its center is an idea of minded creatures as essentially rational animals: Rational animals can be interpreted, their behavior can be understood, and the contents of their thoughts are, in principle, open to others. The combination of a rigorous analytic stance with aspects of humanism so distinctive of Davidsonian thought finds its maybe most characteristic expression when this central idea is brought to bear on the relation of the mental to the physical: Davidson defended the irreducibility of its rational nature while acknowledging that the mental is ultimately determined by the physical.

Davidson made contributions of lasting importance to a wide range of topics -- from general theory of meaning and content over formal semantics, the theories of truth, explanation, and action, to metaphysics and epistemology. His writings almost entirely consist of short, elegant, and often witty papers. These dense and thematically tightly interwoven essays present a profound challenge to the reader.

This book provides a concise, systematic introduction to all the main elements of Davidson's philosophy. It places the theory of meaning and content at the very center of his thought. By using interpretation, and the interpreter, as key ideas it clearly brings out the underlying structure and unified nature of Davidson's work. Kathrin Glüer carefully outlines his principal claims and arguments, and discusses them in some detail. The book thus makes Davidson's thought accessible in its genuine depth, and acquaints the reader with the main lines of discussion surrounding it.

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Kathrin Glüer is Professor of Philosophy, University of Stockholm

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"In Kathrin Glüer's Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction, we now happily have a new, superb synoptic overview of Davidson's work across all the major areas to which he contributed... It is now the best single introduction to the whole of Davidson's philosophy that is available."
--Dialectica


"This is an excellent guide to Donald Davidson's important contributions to many aspects of philosophy, including the theory of action, linguistic meaning, the relation between mind and body, rationality, empiricism, etc. It is chock full of interesting points."--Gil Harman, Review of Metaphysics


"Donald Davidson: A Short Introduction is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of Davidson's thought. The genius of Glüer's work lies in her creation of a coherent and compelling synthesis out of Davidson's journal articles. Her book is well written, well structured, and well served by her examples, and she succeeds in making the thoughts of a difficult thinker understandable and intuitive. She also manages to balance her synthesis with exposure of the tensions in some of his claims, providing helpful critiques of them. For readers who already have a basic familiarity with the contours of the philosophy of language, this book will provide an excellent introduction to Donald Davidson's philosophy."--Philosophy Now


"Superb. Glüer provides a thorough yet accessible survey and summary of Davidson's thought...This is truly an excellent introduction to a difficult philosopher. Highly recommended."--CHOICE


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