Acta Anal (2018) 33:463–481 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12136-018-0356-5 What Does Davidson Reject When He Rejects Conceptual Schemes? Greg Lynch Received: 11 December 2017 /Accepted: 21 May 2018 /Published online: 31 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract According to a common line of criticism, Donald Davidson’s argument in BOn the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme^ is invalid because it moves illicitly from the relatively weak thesis that conceptual schemes cannot be incommensurable to the stronger thesis that the idea of a conceptual scheme itself is incoherent. I argue in this paper that such objections fail because they misunderstand the position that Davidson’s argument is intended to rule out. According to the Bscheme-content dualism^ Davidson targets, conceptual schemes differ only if they are incommensurable with one another. Thus, if Davidson has successfully shown the idea of incommensurability to be incoherent (as the critics in question grant), then he has shown Bthe very idea of a conceptual scheme^ to be incoherent, as well. In BOn the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme,^ Donald Davidson sets out to show that we cannot make sense of the idea of incommensurable conceptual schemes. He takes it that in doing so he
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Published: May 31, 2018
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