Relativism and Monadic Truth

Hardcover | February 14, 2009

byHerman Cappelen, John Hawthorne

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Relativism has dominated many intellectual circles, past and present, but the twentieth century saw it banished to the fringes of mainstream analytic philosophy. Of late, however, it is making something of a comeback within that loosely configured tradition, a comeback that attempts tocapitalize on some important ideas in foundational semantics. Relativism and Monadic Truth aims not merely to combat analytic relativism but also to combat the foundational ideas in semantics that led to its revival. Doing so requires a proper understanding of the significance of possible worldssemantics, an examination of the relation between truth and the flow of time, an account of putatively relevant data from attitude and speech act reporting, and a careful treatment of various operators. Throughout, Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne contrast relativism with a view according to whichthe contents of thought and talk are propositions that instantiate the fundamental monadic properties of truth simpliciter and falsity simpliciter. Such propositions, they argue, are the semantic values of sentences (relative to context), the objects of illocutionary acts, and, unsurprisingly, theobjects of propositional attitudes.

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Relativism has dominated many intellectual circles, past and present, but the twentieth century saw it banished to the fringes of mainstream analytic philosophy. Of late, however, it is making something of a comeback within that loosely configured tradition, a comeback that attempts tocapitalize on some important ideas in foundational ...

Professor Herman Cappelen has written numerous papers in philosophy of language and two previous books, iInsensitive Semantics/i (Blackwell 2004) and iLanguage Turned on Itself/i (OUP 2007) (both with Ernie Lepore). He is currently a Professor at the Arche Philosophical Research Centre and the University of St. Andrews and research di...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:170 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 14, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Overview: Simplicity, Possible Worlds Semantics and Relativism2. Diagnostics for Shared Content: From 'Say' to 'Agree'3. Operators, the Anaphoric 'That' and Temporally Neutral Propositions4. Predicates of Personal TasteBibliography