Using Truth Relatively

Southwest Philosophy Review 32 (1):115-124 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Several authors have turned to a semantic analysis that renders truth relative to a point of assessment in order to explain speaker intuitions concerning the truth-value of certain kinds of statements. On the surface, it appears as if a truth-relative semantics is able to account for ordinary speaker exchanges that involve the problematic terms. However, what about the truth-predicate itself—how exactly are we to understand its use on a relative semantics? Although John MacFarlane offers an analysis of the truth-predicate as used by ordinary speakers, I aim to show his analysis has several counter-intuitive results. I argue that on relativism different uses of ‘is true’ will have differing extensions, and hence differing conditions for application. As a result, it becomes unclear if speakers can faithfully disquotationally report another speaker’s use of sentences of the form ‘P is true’ or predicate truth of contents that contain the truth predicate themselves.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 79,857

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Deflationary Truth and Truth-Biology.Margo Laasberg - 2008 - Studia Philosophica Estonica 1 (2):265-283.
The concept of truth.Richard Campbell - 2011 - New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
»Doing truth« Bausteine einer Praxeologie der Wahrheit.Bernhard Kleeberg & Robert Suter - 2014 - Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 2014 (2):211-226.
Truth and Truth-Making.E. Jonathan Lowe & Adolf Rami - 2008 - Montreal: Mcgill-Queen's University Press.
Sonnet on truth.David Tribe - 2012 - The Australian Humanist 107 (107):9.
Dosegljivost resnice.A. Ule - 2004 - Ljubljana: Znanstveni inštitut Filozofske fakultete.
Truth Pluralism, Truth Relativism and Truth-aptness.Michael P. Lynch - 2011 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):149-158.
How truth depends upon being.Fraser MacBride - 2014 - Analysis 74 (3):370-378.
Don't forget about the correspondence theory of truth.Marian David - 2004 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (1):42 – 47.
Truth.Michael Glanzberg - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Gift of Truth: Gathering the Good.Stephen David Ross - 1997 - State University of New York Press.
Pluralism and the absence of truth.Jeremy Wyatt - 2014 - Dissertation, University of Connecticut


Added to PP

36 (#338,290)

6 months
4 (#198,090)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

David Sackris
Arapahoe Community College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references