The Library of Living Philosophers
by J. Hopkins
Human beings have a striking capacity to understand themselves. In everyday life we discern motive and meaning in people’s sounds and movements continually and with remarkable precision. Donald Davidson’s philosophical essays report stages in a continuous attempt to cast light on this mode of understanding.
Davidson’s first focus was upon action. He stressed that both linguistic utterances and non-verbal actions were bodily events performed for reasons, physical changes caused by beliefs and desires.