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Gäb, Sebastian ORCID: 0000-0002-2075-5684 (2018): Realismus und unübersetzbare Sprachen. In: Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung, Vol. 72, No. 3


This paper argues against Davidson's claim that there is no distinction between conceptual schemes and their content and derives the implications for the debate on realism and antirealism. Starting from a semantic conception of realism, I discuss Davidson's argument against conceptual schemes and untranslatable languages. I argue that the idea of an untranslatable language is consistent since language attribution is essentially normative. Untranslatable languages are metaphysically possible, but epistemically unrecognizable. This leads to a Berkeleyan argument against antirealism: if antirealism is conceived of as dependence from a total language (instead of merely some actual language), the distinction between realism and antirealism vanishes: antirealism is realism.