Philosophical Studies 136 (1):1--29 (2007)

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Michael Glanzberg
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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This paper argues against relativism, focusing on relativism based on the semantics of predicates of personal taste. It presents and defends a contextualist semantics for these predicates, derived from current work on gradable adjectives. It then considers metasemantic questions about the kinds of contextual parameters this semantics requires. It argues they are not metasemantically different from those in other gradable adjectives, and that contextual parameters of this sort are widespread in natural language. Furthermore, this paper shows that if such parameters are rejected, it leads to an unacceptably rampant form of relativism, that relativizes truth to an open-ended list of parameters.
Keywords philpapers: relativism about truth
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-007-9145-5
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