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Contextualism, assessor relativism, and insensitive assessments
Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.
Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Logique et Analyse, ISSN 0024-5836, E-ISSN 2295-5836, Vol. 52, no 208, 363-372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recently, contextualism about epistemic modals and predicates of taste have come under fire from advocates of assessment relativistic analyses. Contextualism, they have argued, fails to account for what we call "felicitous insensitive assessments". In this paper, we provide one hitherto overlooked way in which contextualists can embrace the phenomenon by slightly modifying an assumption that has remained in the background in most of the debate over contextualism and relativism. Finally, we briefly argue that the resulting contextualist account is at least as plausible as the relativist alternative and should be carefully considered before contextualism is abandoned for relativism.

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Nationaal Centrum voor Navorsingen in de Logica , 2009. Vol. 52, no 208, 363-372 p.
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contextualism, relativism, epistemic modals, taste, John MacFarlane, Andy Egan
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Philosophy Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63440DiVA: diva2:379598
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Disagreement, objectivity, and insensitive assessments
Available from: 2010-12-18 Created: 2010-12-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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