In an earlier post, I hinted that I might take up the question of conceptual schemes, and the question of whether conceptual relativity should be seen as a problem. Donald Davidson has argued that the idea of a conceptual scheme is incoherent. I disagree, and will explain why.
John Wilkins has an interesting post, titled “Metaphysical determinism“, and this post will consist of some rambling comments on John’s post.
I’ll start by saying that I agree with much, but not all, that John says. I’ll be commenting mostly where I disagree, but I hope the reader will understand that there is a lot of agreement. I am making this a post here, rather than a comment on John’s blog post, because I think it will help show where I disagree with some of the conventional wisdom.
A blind man is dwelling in a cave. He is not confined to the cave. He can come and go as he pleases. He lives in the cave because he has found it to be a rather congenial place, a place of shelter from the extremes of weather. Yet he is by no means a hermit or a loner. He enjoys his frequent walks to the nearby town where he can socialize with others. He is an avid radio listener, and he uses the radio to keep himself well up to date on the local and national goings on.