Semantics and metaphysics of events

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Abstract

Donald Davidson has deeply influenced contemporary work on the semantics of action sentences and adverbial modifiers, mainly through his seminal papers on event analyses together with his related discussions of actions, events, and causation. This chapter will trace these contributions, beginning with Davidson's semantic proposals and then turning to his metaphysical views.An “action sentence” such as (1), in which the grammatical subject seems to be associated with a notion of agency, can be paraphrased as in (2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDonald Davidson
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages137-162
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780511610189
ISBN (Print)0521793823, 9780521790437
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Pietroski, P. (2003). Semantics and metaphysics of events. In Donald Davidson (pp. 137-162). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511610189.006