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Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics

Peter Lasersohn


This book develops and defends a semantic theory which respects the intuition that there may be no “fact of the matter” which determines truth values for certain kinds of sentences—those dealing with matters of personal taste, and other sentences about which “faultless disagreement” is possible. The analysis nonetheless takes truth and falsity as central to explaining meaning, and uses familiar techniques from modern (formal, truth-conditional, logical) semantic theory. It accounts for non-factual meaning by relativizing the truth values of sentence contents to parameters whose values are not ... More

Keywords: semantics, pragmatics, relativism, personal taste, attitudes, tense, locatives, de se, faultless disagreement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lasersohn, author
Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign