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XIV—Making Sense of Relative Truth

John MacFarlane
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0066-7373.2004.00116.x 305-323 First published online: 1 June 2005


The goal of this paper is to make sense of relativism about truth. There are two key ideas. (1) To be a relativist about truth is to allow that a sentence or proposition might be assessment-sensitive: that is, its truth value might vary with the context of assessment as well as the context of use. (2) Making sense of relativism is a matter of understanding what it would be to commit oneself to the truth of an assessment-sensitive sentence or proposition.

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