On the Very Good Idea of a Conceptual Scheme

The Pluralist 5 (2):69-86 (2010)

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Martin A. Coleman
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
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Richard Rorty has argued that Donald Davidson can be classified as a neopragmatist. To this end, Rorty has tried to show that Davidson's views share important similarities with those of Peirce, James, and Dewey. Davidson, for his part, has tended to resist Rorty's attempts to classify his views in this way. Interestingly, the reasons for Rorty's classification and the reasons for Davidson's resistance share a common trait: an appeal to the elimination of the dualism of conceptual scheme and experiential content on the basis of an assumed background of shared beliefs. According to Rorty, Davidson's background of shared beliefs is closely related to the notion of funded experience found in those thinkers often.
Keywords Donald Davidson  Richard Rorty  pragmatism
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DOI 10.1353/plu.2010.0002
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