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From Relative Truth to Finean Non-Factualism
Synthese (2015)
  • Alexander Jackson, Boise State University
This paper compares two ‘relativist’ theories about deliciousness: truth-relativism, and Kit Fine’s non-factualism about a subject-matter. Contemporary truth-relativism is presented as a linguistic thesis; its metaphysical underpinning is often neglected. I distinguish three views about the obtaining of worldly states of affairs concerning deliciousness, and argue that none yields a satisfactory version of truth-relativism. Finean non-factualism about deliciousness is not subject to the problems with truth-relativism. I conclude that Finean non-factualism is the better relativist theory. As I explain, non-facualism about deliciousness is happily combined with an invariantist semantics for the word “delicious”. On this approach, relativism is a matter for a metaphysical theory, not a linguistic one.
  • Relative truth,
  • Non-factualism,
  • Kit Fine,
  • Matters of taste
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Alexander Jackson. "From Relative Truth to Finean Non-Factualism" Synthese (2015)
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