Triangles, Schemes and Worlds: Reply to Nulty [Book Review]

Metaphysica 11 (2):181-190 (2010)
Nulty proposes a Davidsonian argument for metaphysical pluralism, the thesis that there are many actual worlds, which appeals to the possibility of alien forms of triangulation. I dispute Nulty’s reading of Davidson on two important points: Davidson’s attack on the notion of a conceptual scheme is not, as Nulty thinks, directed at pluralism, and his understanding of the notions of objective truth and reality is at odds with the conception needed for Nulty’s argument. I also show that the pluralist argument fails on its own terms as it requires an assimilation of worlds to worldviews. But there is much of value in Nulty’s paper despite these important flaws. When the confusions are cleared up, we are left with an intriguing and novel line of argument for conceptual relativism
Keywords Davidson  Metaphysical pluralism  Conceptual relativism  Conceptual schemes
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-010-0067-x
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