Relative Truth

Paperback | September 15, 2008

EditorManuel Garcia-Carpintero, Max Kolbel

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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 bereason 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 that state that something is probableor epistemically possible, and utterances about the contingent future. In these cases, some have argued, the standard picture needs to be modified to admit extra truth-determining factors, and there is further controversy about the exact role of any such extra factors. With contributions from some of the key figures in the contemporary debate on relativism this book is about a topic that is the focus of much traditional and current interest: whether truth is relative to standards of taste, values, or subjective informational states. It is an issue in thephilosophy of language, but one with important connections to other areas of philosophy, such as meta-ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology.

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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 bereason to think that the truth of an uttera...

Max Kolbel received his PhD from King's College London in 1997. He has taught philosophy at UNAM in Mexico City, at Swansea, Cambridge, and since 2001 at the University of Birmingham. From 2008, he will be ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero received his PhD from the University of Barcelo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Max Kolbel: Introduction: "Motivations for Relativism"I: RELATIVISM ELABORATED2. Francois Recanati: Moderate Relativism3. Stefano Predelli and Isidora Stojanovic: Semantic Relativism and the Logic of Indexicals4. John MacFarlane: Truth in the Garden of Forking Paths5. Denis Bonnay and Paul Egre: Margins for Error in Context6. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero: Relativism, Vagueness and What Is SaidII: THE METAPHYISCAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RELATIVISM7. Crispin Wright: Relativism about Truth Itself: Haphazard Thoughts about the Very Idea8. Iris Einheuser: Three Forms of Truth-RelativismIII: OBJECTIONS TO RELATIVISM9. Sebastiano Moruzzi: Assertion, Belief and Disagreement10. Sven Rosenkranz: Frege, Relativism and Faultless Disagreement11. Richard Dietz: Epistemic Modals and Correct DisagreementIV: ALTERNATIVES TO RELATIVISM12. Herman Cappelen: Content Relativism13. Andrea Iacona: Faultless or Disagreement14. Dan Lopez de Sa: Presuppositions of Commonality: an Indexical Relativist Account of Disagreement