Derek Ball
University of St. Andrews
ABSTRACT Contemporary relativists often see their view as contributing to a semantic/post-semantic account of linguistic data about disagreement and retraction. I offer an independently motivated metasemantic account of the same data, that also handles a number of cases and empirical results that are problematic for the relativist. The key idea is that the content of assertions and beliefs is determined in part by facts about other times, including times after the assertion is made or the belief is formed. On this temporal externalist view, speaker behaviours such as retraction of previous assertions play a role in making it the case that a past utterance has a given meaning.
Keywords relativism  epistemic modals  temporal externalism  metasemantics  externalism  accommodation  gradable adjectives
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DOI 10.1080/0020174x.2020.1805710
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