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Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument, A Philosophical Inquiry

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2018.02.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert H. Myers and Claudine Verheggen, Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument, A Philosophical Inquiry, Routledge, 2016, 214 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415710275. Reviewed by Pascal Engel, Ecole des Hautes Ètudes en Sciences Sociales Towards the end of his philosophical career, Donald Davidson put much emphasis on what he called "triangulation", the thesis that only someone who has interacted linguistically with another person and the world they share could have language and objective thought. Davidson tended to reformulate a number of his doctrines, in particular about the nature of interpretation, in terms of this triangulation argument (henceforth "TA") and drew a few striking consequences from it. First, he derived from TA an argument against skepticism: if a shared and public world is the precondition of all thought, and if belief by its very nature is veridical, then skepticism is undercut.. . .

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