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Disagreement, Points of View, and Truth-Relativism (2022)

Hautamäki, A. (2022). Disagreement, Points of View, and Truth-Relativism. Acta Analytica : International Periodical for Philosophy in the Analytical Tradition, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12136-021-00504-x

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All authors or editors: Hautamäki, Antti

Journal or series: Acta Analytica : International Periodical for Philosophy in the Analytical Tradition

ISSN: 0353-5150

eISSN: 1874-6349

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 16/02/2022

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12136-021-00504-x

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Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79870


Truth-relativism is the claim that the truth of statements is dependent on the context in which they are made. In this article, truth-relativism is considered as a way to explain disagreements. Viewpoint relativism, a recent version of truth-relativism, is introduced as a useful framework to analyse how truth-relativism approaches disagreements. Viewpoint relativism is based on contextual semantics and the logic of viewpoint, which is a two-dimensional modal logic. In viewpoint relativism, the central concept is a point of view in relation to which truth claims are evaluated. Viewpoint relativism is compared to the truth-relativism of Peter Lasersohn and John MacFarlane. Finally, truth-relativism is defended against the critique of Paul Boghossian that it represents untenable ‘replacement relativism’.

Keywords: truth; point of view; opinions; context; relativism; relativity; theories of truth; philosophy

Free keywords: disagreement; points of view; truth-relativism; viewpoint relativism

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