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Truth of Taste: The Depth of Relativism

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  • Tonya Manucharova

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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Three relativistic semantic theories were suggested for the statements of taste: indexicalism, propositional relativism and factual relativism. Comparing and contrasting these possible solutions, I invoke three problems Max Kolbel formulates and focus on the problem of disagreement. I challenge Iris Einheuser's theory and claim that while indexical approach underestimates the problem of disagreement, factual relativism overestimates it. Propositional relativism appears to provide the most sensible explanation of the phenomenon.

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  • Tonya Manucharova, 2015. "Truth of Taste: The Depth of Relativism," HSE Working papers WP BRP 102/HUM/2015, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:102hum2015
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    relativism; truth; taste; semantics; indexicalism; contextualism; propositional relativism; factual relativism;

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