- Title Pages
- Other volumes of collected essays by Donald Davidson
- Provenance of the Essays and Acknowledgments
- 1 Truth Rehabilitated
- 2 The Folly of Trying to Define Truth
- 3 Method and Metaphysics
- 4 Meaning, Truth, and Evidence
- 5 Pursuit of the Concept of Truth
- 6 What is Quine's View of Truth?
- 7 A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs
- 8 The Social Aspect of Language
- 9 Seeing Through Language
- 10 James Joyce and Humpty Dumpty
- 11 The Third Man
- 12 Locating Literary Language
- 13 Thinking Causes
- 14 Laws and Cause
- 15 Plato's Philosopher
- 16 The Socratic Concept of Truth
- 17 Dialectic and Dialogue
- 18 Gadamer and Plato's Philebus
- 19 Aristotle's Action
- 20 Spinoza's Causal Theory of the Affects
- Appendix: Replies to Rorty, Stroud, McDowell, and Pereda
- Contents List of Volumes of Essays
- Bibliography References
- (p.185) 13 Thinking Causes
- Truth, Language, and History
- Oxford University Press
This essay discusses a common criticism of the Davidson’s theory of Anomalous Monism, namely, that according to this theory the mental is causally inert. It is argued that this criticism stems from a misunderstanding of the use of the concept of supervenience, which implies ontological monism, but not definitional or nomological reductionism. The criticism also fails to appreciate that causal relations are extensional relations which hold between singular events no matter how they are described.
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