Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics by Peter LasersohnSubjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics by Peter Lasersohn

Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics

byPeter Lasersohn

Paperback | January 7, 2017

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This book explores linguistic and philosophical issues presented by sentences expressing personal taste, such as Roller coasters are fun, or Licorice is tasty. Standard semantic theories explain the meanings of sentences by specifying the conditions under which they are true; here, PeterLasersohn asks how we can account for sentences that are concerned with matters of opinion rather than matters of fact. He argues that a truth-theoretic semantic theory is appropriate even for sentences like these, but that for such sentences, truth and falsity must be assigned relative toperspectives, rather than absolutely. The book provides a detailed and explicit formal grammar, working out the implications of this conception of truth both for simple sentences and for reports of mental attitude. The semantic analysis is paired with a pragmatic theory explaining what it means toassert a sentence which is true or false only relativistically, and with a speculative account of the functional motivation for a relativized notion of truth.
Peter Lasersohn is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Ph.D. in Linguistics at Ohio State University in 1988, and taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of Rochester before his appointment at Illi...
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Title:Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic SemanticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:January 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573689

ISBN - 13:9780199573684

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PrefaceList of abbreviations1. Subjectivity, disagreement, and content2. Dismissing the easy alternatives3. Setting the syntactic and semantic stage4. Notes on the grammar of time and space5. Basic relativist semantics6. "Hidden" and "disguised" elements7. Pragmatics of truth assessment8. Attitude predicates in relativist semantics9. Assertion and other speech acts10. Between fact and opinion11. Reliability, imagination, and the functional motivation for relativismReferencesIndex