Relativism and Monadic Truth

Relativism and Monadic Truth

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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 to capitalize 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 worlds semantics, 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 which the 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, the objects of propositional attitudes.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199560552
  • 9780199560554
  • 811,412

About John Hawthorne

John Hawthorne is Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford, having previously been Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His books include Knowledge and Lotteries (OUP 2003) and Metaphysical Essays (OUP 2006).

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I think Relativism and Monadic Truth is an important book, for I believe it lies down with outstanding clarity the kind of challenges the relativist has to respond to in order to solidify her view... Rich and interesting. Dan Zeman, Desputatio.

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Table of contents

1. Overview: Simplicity, Possible Worlds Semantics and Relativism ; 2. Diagnostics for Shared Content: From 'Say' to 'Agree' ; 3. Operators, the Anaphoric 'That' and Temporally Neutral Propositions ; 4. Predicates of Personal Taste ; Bibliography

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