National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – August 30 – Donald Davidson

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Today’s DPD is one of Massachusett’s own. Donald Davidson – one of the most revered philosophers of the late 2oth century. His approach to using language – and how it adapts to curse words – to explain human development helped shape much of the curriculum taught in private colleges that cost more than $40,000 a year.

That said, I dare you to read the following obit in its entirety and walk away with a semblance of comprehension.

Donald Davidson

American philosopher whose groundbreaking work studied language to help us understand who we are

Donald Davidson, who has died aged 86, was one of the greatest philosophers of the late 20th century. Unusually for a philosopher dealing with problems by analysing language, the various topics he tackled seem to constitute a grand design (if not a totally spelt-out one). He struggled to resolve the crucial philosophical issue of the time: how to reconcile science and materialism with our sense of ourselves as communicating and meaningful rational beings. Continue

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