Ideas from 'Davidson on himself' by Donald Davidson [1994], by Theme Structure

[found in 'A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind' (ed/tr Guttenplan,Samuel) [Blackwell 1995,0-631-19996-9]].

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity
There are no ultimate standards of rationality, since we only assess others by our own standard
Truth and objectivity depend on a community of speakers to interpret what they mean
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / a. Mind
There are no such things as minds, but people have mental properties
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 1. Reductionism critique
If the mind is an anomaly, this makes reduction of the mental to the physical impossible
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 2. Anomalous Monism
Mental entities do not add to the physical furniture of the world
Obviously all mental events are causally related to physical events
There are no strict psychophysical laws connecting mental and physical events
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 3. Property Dualism
The correct conclusion is ontological monism combined with conceptual dualism
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 6. Rationality
Absence of all rationality would be absence of thought
18. Thought / C. Content / 6. Broad Content
Our meanings are partly fixed by events of which we may be ignorant
19. Language / A. Language / 7. Private Language
Thought is only fully developed if we communicate with others
19. Language / E. Propositions / 5. Propositions Critique
Propositions explain nothing without an explanation of how sentences manage to name them
19. Language / G. Interpretation / 3. Charity
There is simply no alternative to the 'principle of charity' in interpreting what others do
25. Society / E. State Functions / 5. Education / c. Teaching
Without a teacher, the concept of 'getting things right or wrong' is meaningless
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 3. General Causation / b. Nomological causation
Cause and effect relations between events must follow strict laws