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Relative Truth

Manuel García-Carpintero and Max Kölbel


The truth of an utterance depends on various factors. Usually these factors are assumed to be: the meaning of the sentence uttered; the context in which the utterance was made; and the way things are in the world. Recently however, a number of cases have been discussed where there seems to be reason to think that the truth of an utterance is not yet fully determined by these three factors, and that truth must therefore depend on a further factor. The most prominent examples include utterances about values, utterances attributing knowledge, utterances which state that something is probable or e ... More

Keywords: truth, relativism, knowledge attributions, future contingents, context dependence, disagreements, value relativism, matters of taste, subjectivism, assertion

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234950.001.0001


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Manuel García-Carpintero, editor
University of Barcelona
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Max Kölbel, editor
University of Birmingham and ICREA at Universitat de Barcelona
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Part I Relativism Elaborated

2 Moderate Relativism

François Recanati

3 Semantic Relativism and the Logic of Indexicals

Stefano Predelli and Isidora Stojanovic

5 Margins for Error in Context

Denis Bonnay and Paul Egré

6 Relativism, Vagueness and What is Said

Manuel García‐Carpintero

Part II The Metaphysical Significance of Relativism

Part III Objections to Relativism

Part IV Alternatives to Relativism

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