Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Thought, philosophy: a thought corresponds to a complete sentence. There is debate about whether we can attribute such thoughts to animals. See also mentalism, mental states, opacity, thinking, reality, world/thinking, propositional attitudes, propositions, intensions, objects of thought, relation theory, mentalese, computation.
 
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Davidson, Donald
 
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Thoughts I 5
Thoughts/Davidson: can only exist when there are several thought-given creatures.
Definition thought: a mental state whose content can be specified. For example, the belief that this is a piece of paper, the intention to speak slowly and clearly, etc. - thoughts depend on nothing outside the mind. Thesis: even in a totally different world, the thoughts could be exactly the same as now.
Every single thought about the nature of the world could be wrong. The only thoughts that escape this simple initial skepticism are our thoughts about our own thoughts.
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II 153 f
Pone-example: (Johanna knows a recipe for baking corn bread, which she considers simple). The content of the thought must be known.
An individual cannot have any thoughts if it does not communicate with at least one other person, and this requires that both of them make use of a common world.

D I
D. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D III
D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D IV
D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-26