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Philosophical Review 117 (1):77-98 (2008)

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Kai von Fintel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anthony Gillies
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Abstract
Epistemic modals are standardly taken to be context-dependent quantifiers over possibilities. Thus sentences containing them get truth-values with respect to both a context and an index. But some insist that this relativization is not relative enough: `might'-claims, they say, only get truth-values with respect to contexts, indices, and—the new wrinkle—points of assessment (hence, CIA). Here we argue against such "relativist" semantics. We begin with a sketch of the motivation for such theories and a generic formulation of them. Then we catalogue central problems that any such theory faces. We end by outlining an alternative story.
Keywords philpapers: relativism about truth
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DOI 10.1215/00318108-2007-025
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