Relativism, Disagreement and Testimony

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (S1):497-519 (2017)
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Alexander Dinges
Universität Hamburg
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This article brings together two sets of data that are rarely discussed in concert; namely, disagreement and testimony data. I will argue that relativism yields a much more elegant account of these data than its major rival, contextualism. The basic idea will be that contextualists can account for disagreement data only by adopting principles that preclude a simple account of testimony data. I will conclude that, other things being equal, we should prefer relativism to contextualism. In making this comparative point, I will also defend self-standing relativist accounts of disagreement and testimony data.
Keywords relativism  predicates of personal taste  disagreement  testimony
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12191
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