Donald Davidson (Philosopher) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Donald Davidson (philosopher)

Donald Herbert Davidson was an American philosopher. He served as Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley from 1981 to 2003 after having also held teaching appointments at Stanford University, Rockefeller University, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago. Davidson was known for his charismatic personality and the depth and difficulty of his thought. His work exerted considerable influence in many areas of philosophy from the 1960s onward, particularly in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and action theory. While Davidson was an analytic philosopher, and most of his influence lies in that tradition, his work has attracted attention in continental philosophy as well, particularly in literary theory and related areas.

Born: Donald Herbert Davidson, Mar 6, 1917, Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: Aug 30, 2003, Berkeley, California
Alma mater: Harvard University

About Donald Davidson

Philosopher and professor who focused on philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and action theory.

Before Fame

He attended Harvard University, beginning as an English and comparative literature student before switching to classics and philosophy.


He held several positions in academia at colleges such as Stanford University, Princeton University, and Oxford University.

Family Life

He married Marcia Cavell.


He was described as “deeply erotic” by Thomas Nagel.

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  • Jean Nicod Prize laureates
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Stanford University Department of Philosophy faculty
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  • Rockefeller University faculty
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  • Philosophers of mind
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