Perceiving Socially and Morally: The Question of Triangulation
Wright (Edmond)
Source: Philosophy - 80, Jan2005, Issue 311, p53-75, 23p
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    The article addresses the question of how the singularity of a referent is intersubjectively established. Taking up Donald Davidson's suggestion of a triangulation involving two subjects and an external entity, the argument endeavors to show that singularity is a projected ideal, maintained in order that its updating by the speaker of the hearer may go through. The trust that the agents have in each other thus becomes a critical element in the analysis of the exchange of knowledge. A true faith, it is argued, has to take account of the other's presuppositions, which cannot be fully known beforehand. Focuses on the social aspects of the philosophy of perception. Identification of sensory and perceptual relativities of the human beings; Problems encountered in the in the sensory and perceptual relativity; Weaknesses of an argument.

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