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    Max Kölbel (2002). Truth Without Objectivity. Routledge.
    The mainstream view in the philosophy of language holds that every meaningful sentence has a truth-condition. This view, however, runs into difficulties with non-objective sentences such as sentences on matters of taste or value: these do not appear to be either true or false, but are generally taken to be meaningful. How can this conflict be resolved? -/- Truth Without Objectivity examines various ways of resolving this fundamental problem, before developing and defending its own original solution, a relativist theory of (...)
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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    Max Kölbel (forthcoming). Aesthetic Judge-Dependence and Expertise. Inquiry:1-29.
    This paper expounds and defends a judge-dependence account of aesthetic concepts, where aesthetic concepts are construed widely, to include for example both concepts of personal taste and more narrowly aesthetic concepts. According to such an account, it can depend on personal features of a judge whether it is correct for that judge to apply an aesthetic concept to a given object. After introducing and motivating the account, the article sets out to explain how some aesthetic questions can seem more objective (...)
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  7. Max Kölbel (2015). Relativism 2: Semantic Content. Philosophy Compass 10 (1):52–67.
    In the pair of articles of which this is the second, I present a set of problems and philosophical proposals that have in recent years been associated with the term “relativism”. These problems are related to the question of how we should represent thought and speech about certain topics. The main issue is whether we should model such mental states or linguistic acts as involving representational contents that are absolutely correct or incorrect, or whether, alternatively, their correctness should be thought (...)
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    Max Kölbel (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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  9. Max Kölbel (2015). Relativism 1: Representational Content. Philosophy Compass 10 (1):38-51.
    In the pair of articles of which this is the first, I shall present a set of problems and philosophical proposals that have in recent years been associated with the term “relativism”. All these problems and proposals concern the question of how we should represent thought and speech about certain topics. The main issue here is whether we should model such mental states or linguistic acts as involving representational contents that are absolutely correct or incorrect, or whether, alternatively, their correctness (...)
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    Max Kölbel (2001). Two Dogmas of Davidsonian Semantics. Journal of Philosophy 98 (12):613-635.
    In “Truth and Meaning” , ‘Davidson first formulated what was to become known as “Davidson’s programme”. Davidson proposed to elucidate the notion of natural language meaning in general by showing how to construct a theory of meaning for a particular language, i.e. a theory which would allow the interpretation of all the sentences of that language. Davidson’s basic idea was to exploit a technique that Tarski invented in his endeavour to show how truth could be defined for a formal language. (...)
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  11. Max Kölbel (2007). How to Spell Out Genuine Relativism and How to Defend Indexical Relativism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (2):281 - 288.
    It was the explicit aim of my paper ‘Indexical Relativism versus Genuine Relativism’ to ‘characterize and compare’ (p. 297) two different forms of relativism. One form, exemplified by Harman’s and Dreier’s moral relativism (Harman, 1975 and Dreier, 1990), involves the claim that certain sentences express different propositions in different contexts of utterance, much like indexical sentences – hence the name ‘indexical relativism’. The other form involves the claim that the truth-value of certain contents or propositions depends on certain non-standard parameters, (...)
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    Max Kölbel (2008). Truth in Semantics. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 32 (1):242-257.
    Semantic theories for natural languages purport to describe a central aspect of the meaning of natural language sentences. In doing so, they usually employ some notion of truth. Most semanticists, even those who have no objections to invoking propositions, will define a truth-predicate that applies to sentences. Some will also employ a notion of propositional truth. Both types of semanticist face the question whether and how the semantic notion(s) of truth they are employing is (are)related to the ordinary, pre-theoretic notion(s) (...)
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    Max Kölbel (2014). Agreement and Communication. Erkenntnis 79 (1):101-120.
    I distinguish two notions of agreement in belief: believing the same content versus having beliefs that necessarily coincide/diverge in normative status. The second notion of agreement,, 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 in such a way that the normative status of beliefs supervenes on their content, and this seems to be the prevailing assumption of many semanticists. I shall (...)
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    Max Kölbel (2013). The Conversational Role of Centered Contents. Inquiry 56 (2-3):97-121.
    Some philosophers, for example David Lewis, have argued for the need to introduce de se contents or centered contents, i.e. contents of thought and speech the correctness of believing which depends not only on the possible world one inhabits, but also on the location one occupies. Independently, philosophers like Robert Stalnaker (and also David Lewis) have developed the conversational score model of linguistic communication. This conversational model usually relies on a more standard conception of content according to which the correctness (...)
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    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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    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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  17. 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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    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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  19. Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2008). Relative Truth. Oxford University Press Uk.
    The truth of an utterance depends on various factors. Usually these factors are assumed to be: the meaning of the sentence uttered, the context in which the utterance was made, and the way things are in the world. Recently, however, a number of cases have been discussed where there seems to be reason to think that the truth of an utterance is not yet fully determined by these three factors, and that truth must therefore depend on a further factor. The (...)
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    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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    Max Kölbel (2000). Edgington on Compounds of Conditionals. Mind 109 (433):97-108.
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    Max Kölbel (1999). Saving Relativism From Its Saviour. Critica 31 (91):91 - 103.
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    Max Kölbel (2008). The Evidence for Relativism. Synthese 166 (2):375-395.
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    Max Kölbel (2009). Literal Force : A Defence of Conventional Assertion. In Sarah Sawyer (ed.), New Waves in Philosophy of Language. Palgrave Macmillan
    The aim of this paper is to motivate and defend a conventional approach to assertion and other illocutionary acts. Such an approach takes assertions, questions and orders to be moves within an essentially rule-governed activity similar to a game. The most controversial aspect of a conventional account of assertion is that according to it, for classifying an utterance as an assertion, question or command, “it is irrelevant what intentions the person speaking may have had” (Dummett 1973, p. 302). I understand (...)
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    Max Kolbel (2003). III-Faultless Disagreement. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 104 (1):53-73.
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    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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    Max Kolbel (1997). Wright's Argument From Neutrality. Ratio 10 (1):35-47.
    In the first chapter of his book Truth and Objectivity , Crispin Wright puts forward what he regards as ‘a fundamental and decisive objection’ to deflationism about truth . His objection proceeds by an argument to the conclusion that truth and warranted assertibility coincide in normative force and potentially diverge in extension . This argument has already received some attention. However, I do not believe that it has been fully understood yet. In this short paper, I shall assess the cogency (...)
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    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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    Max Kölbel & Dan Zeman (2012). Introduction: “Relativism About Value”. Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):529-537.
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    Max Kölbel (1997). Wright's Argument From Neutrality. Ratio 10 (1):35–47.
    In the first chapter of his book Truth and Objectivity , Crispin Wright puts forward what he regards as ‘a fundamental and decisive objection’ to deflationism about truth . His objection proceeds by an argument to the conclusion that truth and warranted assertibility coincide in normative force and potentially diverge in extension . This argument has already received some attention. However, I do not believe that it has been fully understood yet. In this short paper, I shall assess the cogency (...)
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    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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    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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    Max Kölbel (2007). Relativism - by Maria Baghramian. Philosophical Books 48 (4):368-371.
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    Max Kolbel (2001). Two Dogmas of Davidsonian Semantics. Journal of Philosophy 98 (12):613.
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    Max Kölbel (2004). Sainsbury's Programme. Philosophical Books 45 (3):187-196.
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  36. Max Kölbel (2002). Review of Ruling Passions by Simon Blackburn. [REVIEW] Mind 111:373–380.
    This is a book review of Simon Blackburn's "Ruling Passions: A Theory of Practical Reasoning".
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  37. Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2009). 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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  38. Manuel Garcia-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.) (2008). Relativising Utterance Truth. Oxford University Press.
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    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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  40. Max Kölbel (2011). And Testimony. In Jessica Brown & Herman Cappelen (eds.), Assertion: New Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press 49.
     
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  41. Max Kölbel (2008). Introduction: "Motivations for Relativism". In Manuel García-Carpintero & Max Kölbel (eds.), Relative Truth. OUP Oxford
     
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  42. Max Kölbel (2008). Motivations for Relativism. In G. Carpintero & M. Koelbel (eds.), Relative Truth. Oxford University Press 1--38.
     
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  43. 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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  44. Max Kölbel (2009). 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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  45. 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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  46. Max Kölbel & Bernhard Weiss (eds.) (2004). Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance. Routledge.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein 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, all of which are published here for the first time, cover the entirety of Wittgenstein's major publications: the _Tracatus Logico-Philosophicus_, _Philosophical Investigations_, _On Certainty_ and _Remarks on the Foundations of (...)
     
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  47. Max Kölbel & Bernhard Weiss (eds.) (2010). Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance. Routledge.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein 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, all of which are published here for the first time, cover the entirety of Wittgenstein's major publications: the _Tracatus Logico-Philosophicus_, _Philosophical Investigations_, _On Certainty_ and _Remarks on the Foundations of (...)
     
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  48. 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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