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Relative Truth by Manuel Garcia-Carpintero
Book DescriptionThe truth of an utterance depends on various factors. Usually these factors are assumed to be: the meaning of the sentence uttered, the context in which the utterance was made, and the way things are in the world. Recently, however, a number of cases have been discussed where there seems to be reason to think that the truth of an utterance is not yet fully determined by these three factors, and that truth must therefore depend on a further factor. The most prominent examples include utterances about values, utterances attributing knowledge, utterances that state that something is probable or epistemically possible, and utterances about the contingent future. In these cases, some have argued, the standard picture needs to be modified to admit extra truth-determining factors, and there is further controversy about the exact role of any such extra factors. With contributions from some of the key figures in the contemporary debate on relativism this book is about a topic that is the focus of much traditional and current interest: whether truth is relative to standards of taste, values, or subjective informational states. It is an issue in the philosophy of language, but one with important connections to other areas of philosophy, such as meta-ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199234950
(242mm x 163mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Manuel Garcia-Carpintero
About Oneself, Hardback (January 2016)
This volume addresses the nature of first-personal, or de se, thought. Many have held that first-person thought motivates a revision of traditional accounts of content and how it is accessed, but this raises puzzling questions about how we are able to communicate such thoughts. It is these questions that the volume seeks to answer.
Empty Representations, Hardback (August 2014)
The contents of linguistic and mental representations may seem to be individuated by what they are about. But a problem arises with regard to representation of the non-existent - words and thoughts that are about things that don't exist. Fourteen new essays get to grips with this much-debated problem.
Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Language, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Manuel Garcia-Carpintero
A guide to contemporary philosophy of language. It covers the fundamental questions asked by the philosophy of language. It explores issues pertaining to the nature of language, form semantics, theories of meaning, reference, intensional contexts, context-dependence, pragmatics, the normativity of language, analyticity, a priority and modality.
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Author Biography - Manuel Garcia-Carpintero
Manuel Garcia-Carpintero received his PhD from the University of Barcelona in 1988 and has taught in the department of Logica, Historia i Filosofia there since 1984.
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