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‘if you want to describe what is going on in the head of the child when it has a few words which it utters in appropriate situations, you will fail for lack of the right sort of words of your own.
‘We have many vocabularies for describing nature when we regard it as mindless, and we have a mentalistic vocabulary for describing thought and intentional action; what we lack is a way of describing what is in between’
(Davidson 1999, p. 11)
Uncomplicated Account of Minds and Actions
For any given proposition [There’s a spider behind the book] and any given human [Wy] ...
1. Either Wy believes that there’s a spider behind the book, or she does not.
2. Either Wy can act for the reason that there is, or seems to be, a spider behind the book (where this is her reason for acting), or else she cannot.
3. The first alternatives of (1) and (2) are either both true or both false.