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  1. Dan Zeman (2015). Relativism and Bound Predicates of Personal Taste: An Answer to Schaffer's Argument From Binding. Dialectica 69 (2):155-183.
    In this paper I put forward and substantiate a possible defensive move on behalf of the relativist about predicates of personal taste that can be used to block a recent contextualist argument raised against the view: the ‘argument from binding’ proposed in Schaffer (). The move consists in adopting Recanati's “variadic functions” apparatus and applying it to predicates of personal taste like ‘tasty’ and experiencer phrases like ‘for John’. I substantiate the account in a basic relativistic framework and reply to (...)
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  2. FIlippo Ferarri & Dan Zeman (2014). Radical Relativism, Retraction and 'Being at Fault'. In Fabio Bacchini, Stefano Caputo & Massimo Dell'Utri (eds.), New Frontiers in Truth. Cambrige Scholars Publishing 80-102.
  3. Dan Zeman (2014). Meaning, Expression and Extremely Strong Evidence: A Reinforced Critique of Davis' Account of Speaker Meaning. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (3):218-224.
    This short paper follows up on the exchange between Ray Buchanan and Wayne Davis concerning the theory of speaker meaning put forward by Davis in previous work. I briefly present Davis' main tenets, Buchanan's objections, Davis' replies, and then offer a new case that enforces the problem raised by Buchanan to Davis' theory for speaker meaning.
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  4. Dan Zeman (2013). Expereincer Phrases, Predicates of Personal Taste and Relativism: On Cappelen and Hawthorne's Critique of the Operator Argument. Croatian Journal of Philosophy (39):375-398.
    In the debate between relativism and contextualism about various expressions, the Operator Argument, initially proposed by Kaplan , has been taken to support relativism. However, one widespread reaction against the argument has taken the form of arguing against one assumption made by Kaplan: namely, that certain natural language expressions are best treated as sentential operators. Focusing on the only extant version of the Operator Argument proposed in connection to predicates of personal taste such as “tasty” and experiencer phrases such as (...)
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  5. Dan Zeman (2013). Temporal and Composite Tense Operators. Disputatio (37):323-328.
    This is my contribution to a symposium on Berit Brogaard's book "Transient Truths" in which I criticize her treatment of various linguistic phenomena related to tense.
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  6. Max Kölbel & Dan Zeman (2012). Introduction: “Relativism About Value”. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):529-537.
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  7. Dan Zeman (2011). Unarticulated Constituents, Variadic Functions and Relativism. Logique Et Analyse 54 (216).
  8. Dan Zeman (2010). Knowledge Attributions and Relevant Epistemic Standards. In François Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.), Context-dependence, Perspective and Relativity. Mouton de Gruyter
    The paper is concerned with the semantics of knowledge attributions (K-claims,for short) and proposes a position holding that K-claims are contextsensitive that differs from extant views on the market. First I lay down the data a semantic theory for K-claims needs to explain. Next I present and assess three views purporting to give the semantics for K-claims: contextualism, subject-sensitive invariantism and relativism. All three views are found wanting with respect to their accounting for the data. I then propose a hybrid (...)
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  9. Dan Zeman (2009). Relativism and Monadic Truth, by Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne. Disputatio.
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  10. Dan Zeman (2008). Review of Relativism and Monadic Truth. [REVIEW] Disputatio 3:134-142.
     
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  11. Dan Zeman (2007). Context Sensitivity: Indexicalism, Contextualism, Relativism. In D. C. Richardson B. Kokinov (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer 545--557.
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  12. Dan Zeman (2007). Overcoming the Obstacles to the Relativity of Truth. Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 14 (2):232-241.
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  13. Dan Zeman (2007). Relativism and Alethic Functionalism. Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 14 (1):53-71.
    The essay is an attempt to offer a version of conceptual relativism that escapes Donald Davidson’s decisive criticisms of the notion of “conceptual scheme”. Two variants of relativism are distinguished, a weaker and a stronger one, and a clear formulation of what a strong version amounts to is put forward. The concrete proposal involves accepting a version of alethic pluralism. After discussing alethic pluralism in general, and after exploring both strong and weak versions of it, a suitable version is presented: (...)
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