Definition second nature/McDowell: Nature includes the second nature acquired by conceptual skills whose interrelationships belong to the logical space of reasons.
Second nature(s): internalised background of norms borrowed from nature.
Second nature/McDowell: it cannot float freely above the possibilities that belong to the normal human organism. >Education.
Second Nature/McDowell: Our education updates some of the potentials with which we were born. But:
Animal/Human/McDowell: this is not an adding to our animal nature. No admixture.
Second Nature/McDowell: Thesis: There are rules of nature, whether one is receptive to it or not. This is the result of proper upbringing. "Naturalism of second nature","Naturalized Platonism".
Naturalized Platonism/McDowell: the structure of the space of reasons has autonomy.
But it cannot be derived from truths about humans.
It is not unbridled: not isolated from the "merely human". (Instead: sensitivity through education).
McDowellVsPlatonism: any platonism means that the norms are on the opposite side of the abyss. Wittgenstein's Quietism recognizes this as a pseudo-problem.
Meaning/McDowellVsDualism: Solution: second nature. The idea of education ensures that the autonomy of meaning is not inhuman. This does not raise any real questions about norms._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Mind and World, Cambridge/MA 1996
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001
"Truth Conditions, Bivalence and Verificationism"
Truth and Meaning, G. Evans/J. McDowell,