Relativism and Bound Predicates of Personal Taste: An Answer to Schaffer's Argument from Binding

Dialectica 69 (2):155-183 (2015)
Dan Zeman
University of Vienna
In this paper I put forward and substantiate a possible defensive move on behalf of the relativist about predicates of personal taste that can be used to block a recent contextualist argument raised against the view: the ‘argument from binding’ proposed in Schaffer (). The move consists in adopting Recanati's “variadic functions” apparatus and applying it to predicates of personal taste like ‘tasty’ and experiencer phrases like ‘for John’. I substantiate the account in a basic relativistic framework and reply to several objections to the variadic-functions approach in general and to its application to the expressions at hand
Keywords relativism  the argument from binding  predicates of personal taste  contextualism  variadic functions  bound predicates of personal taste  experiencer phrases  quantifiers
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DOI 10.1111/1746-8361.12097
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