Relativism about predicates of personal taste and perspectival plurality

Linguistics and Philosophy 40 (1):37-60 (2017)
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Agustin Vicente
University of the Basque Country
Dan Zeman
University of Vienna
Markus Kneer
University of Zürich
Abstract
In this paper we discuss a phenomenon we call perspectival plurality, which has gone largely unnoticed in the current debate between relativism and contextualism about predicates of personal taste. According to perspectival plurality, the truth value of a sentence containing more than one PPT may depend on more than one perspective. Prima facie, the phenomenon engenders a problem for relativism and can be shaped into an argument in favor of contextualism. We explore the consequences of perspectival plurality in depth and assess several possible responses on behalf of advocates of relativism.
Keywords Predicates of personal taste  Relativism  Contextualism  Perpsectival plurality  The operator argument  The binding argument  Paraphrasing strategy
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