The text is a contribution to a discussion with John McDowell which followed the third "Münster Lectures in Philosophy", which he gave in 1999.
Its main aim is to clarify in how far McDowell's theory of second nature in "Mind and World" is Platonist and in how far it is not. For this purpose, a Platonist and a "scientifically-minded anti-platonist" are invented who both try to interpret McDowell their own way.
The text was published together with a reply by John McDowell.
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