Max Kölbel Universitat de Barcelona
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  • PhD, King's College London, 1997.

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  1. Max Kölbel (2014). Agreement and Communication. Erkenntnis 79 (1):101-120.
    I distinguish two notions of agreement (disagreement) in belief: (a) believing the same (contradictory) content(s) versus (b) having beliefs that necessarily coincide/diverge in normative status. The second notion of agreement (disagreement), (b), is clearly significant for the communication of beliefs amongst thinkers. Thus there would seem to be some prima facie advantage to choosing the conception of content operative in (a) in such a way that the normative status of beliefs supervenes on their content, and this seems to be the (...)
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  2. Max Kölbel (2013). Should We Be Pluralists About Truth? In Nikolaj Jang Lee Linding Pedersen & Cory D. Wright (eds.), Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates. Oxford University Press. 278--297.
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  3. Max Kölbel (2013). The Conversational Role of Centered Contents. Inquiry 56 (2-3):97-121.
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  4. Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2012). The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Continuum International Pub..
    The Continuum Companion to Philosophy of Language offers the definitive guide to contemporary philosophy of language. The book covers all the fundamental questions asked by the philosophy of language - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Ten specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the area and, most valuably, the exciting new directions the (...)
     
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  5. Max Kölbel (2012). New Directions in the Philosophy of Language. In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Continuum International Pub..
     
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  6. Max Kolbel (2012). Philosophy of Language '. In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Continuum International Pub.. 251.
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  7. Max Kölbel & Dan Zeman (2012). Introduction: “Relativism About Value”. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):529-537.
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  8. Max Kölbel (2011). And Testimony. In Jessica Brown & Herman Cappelen (eds.), Assertion: New Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press. 49.
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  9. Max Kölbel (2011). Conversational Score, Assertion and Testimony. In Jessica Brown & Herman Cappelen (eds.), Assertion: New Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press. 49--77.
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  10. Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2010). Arguing About Language. Routledge.
    Arguing About Language presents a comprehensive selection of key readings on fundamental issues in the philosophy of language. It offers a fresh and exciting introduction to the subject, addressing both perennial problems and emerging topics. Classic readings from Frege, Russell, Kripke, Chomsky, Quine, Grice, Lewis and Davidson appear alongside more recent pieces by philosophers or linguists such as Robyn Carston, Delia Graff Fara, Frank Jackson, Ernie Lepore & Jerry Fodor, Nathan Salmon, Zoltán Szabó, Timothy Williamson and Crispin Wright. Organised into (...)
     
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  11. Max Kölbel (2010). Vagueness as Semantic. In Richard Dietz & Sebastiano Moruzzi (eds.), Cuts and Clouds: Vaguenesss, its Nature and its Logic. Oup Oxford.
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  12. Max Kölbel (2009). Literal Force : A Defence of Conventional Assertion. In Sarah Sawyer (ed.), New Waves in Philosophy of Language. Palgrave Macmillan.
     
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  13. Max Kölbel (2009). The Evidence for Relativism. Synthese 166 (2):375-395.
    The aim of this paper is to examine the kind of evidence that might be adduced in support of relativist semantics of a kind that have recently been proposed for predicates of personal taste, for epistemic modals, for knowledge attributions and for other cases. I shall concentrate on the case of taste predicates, but what I have to say is easily transposed to the other cases just mentioned. I shall begin by considering in general the question of what kind of (...)
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  14. Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2008). Relative Truth. Oxford University Press.
    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 ...
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  15. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2008). Relativising Utterance Truth. Oxford University Press.
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  16. Max Kölbel (2008). Introduction: "Motivations for Relativism". In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. Oup Oxford.
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  17. Max Kölbel (2008). Motivations for Relativism. In G. Carpintero & M. Koelbel (eds.), Relative Truth. Oxford University Press. 1--38.
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  18. Max Kölbel (2008). "True" as Ambiguous. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):359-384.
    In this paper, I argue (a) that the predicate "true" is ambiguously used to express a deflationary and a substantial concept of truth and (b) that the two concepts are systematically related in that substantial truths are deflationary truths of a certain kind. Claim (a) allows one to accept the main insights of deflationism but still take seriously, and participate in, the traditional debate about the nature of truth. Claim (b) is a contribution to that debate. The overall position is (...)
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  19. Max Kölbel (2008). Truth in Semantics. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 32 (1):242-257.
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  20. Max Kolbel (2008). “True” as Ambiguous. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 77 (2):359-384.
    In this paper, I argue (a) that the predicate “true” is ambiguously used to express a deflationary and a substantial concept of truth and (b) that the two concepts are systematically related in that substantial truths are deflationary truths of a certain kind. Claim (a) allows one to accept the main insights of deflationism but still take seriously, and participate in, the traditional debate about the nature of truth. Claim (b) is a contribution to that debate. The overall position is (...)
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  21. M. Kolbel (2007). Review: Saving the Differences: Essays on Themes From Truth and Objectivity. [REVIEW] Mind 116 (461):244-251.
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  22. Max Kölbel (2007). An Argument for Relativism. Think 5 (14):51-62.
    The question is philosophy' equivalent of a trashy horror movie. It sounds radical and deep. One is excited by the enormity of the insight one would gain were one to find out that indeed, everything is relative. Max Ksensible’ form of relativism supported by a straightforward argument.
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  23. Max Kölbel (2007). How to Spell Out Genuine Relativism and How to Defend Indexical Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (2):281 – 288.
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  24. Max Kölbel (2007). How to Spell Out Genuine Relativism and How to Defend Indexical Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (2):281 - 288.
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  25. Max Kölbel (2007). Relativism - by Maria Baghramian. Philosophical Books 48 (4):368-371.
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  26. Max Kölbel (2004). III-Faultless Disagreement. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (1):53-73.
    There seem to be topics on which people can disagree without fault. For example, you and I might disagree on whether Picasso was a better artist than Matisse, without either of us being at fault. Is this a genuine possibility or just apparent? In this paper I pursue two aims: I want to provide a systematic map of available responses to this question. Simultaneously, I want to assess these responses. I start by introducing and defining the notion of a faultless (...)
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  27. Max Kölbel (2004). Indexical Relativism Versus Genuine Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):297 – 313.
    The main purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare two forms any relativist thesis can take: indexical relativism and genuine relativism. Indexical relativists claim that the implicit indexicality of certain sentences is the only source of relativity. Genuine relativists, by contrast, claim that there is relativity not just at the level of sentences, but also at propositional level. After characterizing each of the two forms and discussing their difficulties, I argue that the difference between the two is significant.
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  28. Max Kölbel (2004). Sainsbury's Programme. Philosophical Books 45 (3):187-196.
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  29. Max Kölbel (2004). Indexical Telativism Versus Genuine Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):297-313.
    The main purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare two forms any relativist thesis can take: indexical relativism and genuine relativism. Indexical relativists claim that the implicit indexicality of certain sentences is the only source of relativity. Genuine relativists, by contrast, claim that there is relativity not just at the level of sentences, but also at propositional level. After characterizing each of the two forms and discussing their difficulties, I argue that the difference between the two is significant.
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  30. Max Kölbel (2004). Indexical Telativism Versus Genuine Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):297-313.
    The main purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare two forms any relativist thesis can take: indexical relativism and genuine relativism. Indexical relativists claim that the implicit indexicality of certain sentences is the only source of relativity. Genuine relativists, by contrast, claim that there is relativity not just at the level of sentences, but also at propositional level. After characterizing each of the two forms and discussing their difficulties, I argue that the difference between the two is significant.
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  31. Max Kolbel (2004). Faultless Disagreement. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (1):53 - 73.
    There seem to be topics on which people can disagree without fault. For example, you and I might disagree on whether Picasso was a better artist than Matisse, without either of us being at fault. Is this a genuine possibility or just apparent? In this paper I pursue two aims: I want to provide a systematic map of available responses to this question. Simultaneously, I want to assess these responses. I start by introducing and defining the notion of a faultless (...)
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  32. Max Kölbel (2004). Indexical Telativism Versus Genuine Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (3):297 - 313.
    The main purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare two forms any relativist thesis can take: indexical relativism and genuine relativism. Indexical relativists claim that the implicit indexicality of certain sentences is the only source of relativity. Genuine relativists, by contrast, claim that there is relativity not just at the level of sentences, but also at propositional level. After characterizing each of the two forms and discussing their difficulties, I argue that the difference between the two is significant.
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  33. Max Kölbel & Bernhard Weiss (eds.) (2004). Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance. Routledge.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) has exerted a more powerful influence on contemporary philosophy than any other twentieth-century thinker. But what is the nature of this influence and why has it proved so enduring? In Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance , twelve contemporary philosophers explore the issues surrounding Wittgenstein's importance and relevance to modern thought. Their articles, ten of which are published here for the first time, cover all of Wittgenstein's major publications: the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus , Philosophical Investigations , On Certainty , and Remarks (...)
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  34. M. Kolbel (2003). Review: Fact and Value: Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (448):705-707.
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  35. Max Kölbel (2003). Review: Fact and Value: Essays on Ethics and Metaphysics for Judith Jarvis Thomson. [REVIEW] Mind 112 (448):705-707.
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  36. M. Kolbel (2002). Review: Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (442):373-380.
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  37. Max Kölbel (2002). Review: Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (442):373-380.
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  38. Max Kölbel (2002). Truth Without Objectivity. Routledge.
    Truth without Objectivity provides a critique of the mainstream view of 'meaning'. Kölbel examines the standard solutions to the conflict implicit in this view, demonstrating their inadequacy and developing instead his own relativist theory of truth. The mainstream view of meaning assumes that understanding a sentence's meaning implies knowledge of the conditions required for it to be true. This view is challenged by taste judgements, which have meaning, but seem to be neither true nor false.
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  39. Max Kölbel (2001). Two Dogmas of Davidsonian Semantics. Journal of Philosophy 98 (12):613-635.
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  40. M. Kolbel (2000). Edgington on Compounds of Conditionals. Mind 109 (433):97 - 108.
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  41. Max Kölbel (2000). A Criterion for Objectivity. Theoria 15 (2):209-228.
    There are many reasons to assume that the contents expressible by declarative sentences are generally truth-evaluable (reasons stemming from semantics, logic and considerations about truth). This assumption of global truth-evaluability, however, appears to conflict with the view that the contents of some sentences do not admit of truth or falsehood for lack of objectivity of their subject matter. Could there be a notion of truth on which the truth-evaluability of a content does not rule out the non-objectivity of its subject (...)
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  42. Max Kölbel (2000). Edgington on Compounds of Conditionals. Mind 109 (433):97-108.
  43. Max Kölbel (1999). Saving Relativism From Its Saviour. Crítica 31 (91):91 - 103.
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  44. Max Kölbel (1998). Lewis, Language, Lust and Lies. Inquiry 41 (3):301 – 315.
    David Lewis has tried to explain what it is for a possible language to be the actual language of a population in terms of his game-theoretical notion of a convention. This explanation of the actual language relation is re-evaluated in the light of some typical episodes of linguistic communication, and it is argued that speakers of a language do not generally stand in the actual language relation to that language if the actual language relation is explicated in Lewis's way. In (...)
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  45. Max Kölbel (1997). Wright's Argument From Neutrality. Ratio 10 (1):35–47.
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  46. Max Kolbel (1997). Wright's Argument From Neutrality. Ratio 10 (1):35-47.
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  47. Max Kölbel (1997). Expressivism and the Syntactic Uniformity of Declarative Sentences. Critica 29 (87):3–51.
    Expressivism is most widely known as a thesis that semantically complements non-cognitivism in meta-ethics: if there are no moral facts to be known, if moral judgements or statements are not capable of being true or false, then the meaning of morally evaluative sentences cannot centrally consist in their having a truth conditional content, expressing a truth-evaluable proposition. But since the truth conditional approach to meaning is widely accepted, non-cognitivists are called upon to offer an alternative theory of meaning for moral (...)
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  48. Max Kölbel, Book Reviews 373. [REVIEW]
    of the positions being compromised. In this case, partisans of the instrumentalist approach could protest that Bennett does not use the work of the modern philosophers to develop a comprehensive philosophical position, whereas partisans of the exegetical approach could take exception to the lack of any detailed defence of a systematic interpretation of these philosophers. Even so, the collegial approach, as applied in Learning from Six Philosophers, does yield a clear and engaging discussion of central issues in early modern metaphysics (...)
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