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Updated 14 July 2020
12. Believe it or not

Here’s a neat argument from the American philosopher Donald Davidson, found in his paper, ‘Thought and Talk.’
Can a creature have a belief if it does not have the concept of belief? It seems to me it cannot, and for this reason. Someone cannot have a belief unless he understands the possibility of being mistaken, and this requires grasping the contrast between truth and error – true belief and false belief.
What is Davidson’s bottom line and how is he proposing to get there?