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Manuel García-Carpintero and Max Kölbel

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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Introduction: Motivations for Relativism

Introduction: Motivations for Relativism

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Motivations for Relativism
Relative Truth

Max Kölbel (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter provides a systematic overview of the issue of contemporary truth-relativism. It first outlines the standard approach to semantics, modifications of which have been demanded. Then it looks at one of the cases, matters of taste, and examines what the motivations for modifying standard semantics are. The chapter then outlines the parallel reasoning in some of the other cases, among them: epistemic modals, knowledge attributions, moral values, and future contingents. Finally, it gives a brief overview over the contributions to the volume.

Keywords:   truth-relativism, semantics, context-dependence, matters of taste, vagueness

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