A puzzle about accommodation and truth

Derek Nelson Ball, Torfinn Thomesen Huvenes*

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present and discuss a puzzle involving accommodation. The puzzle is based on three assumptions. The first assumption is that accommodation takes place after an utterance. The second assumption is that accommodation can make a difference to the truth-value of an utterance even if the utterance is not about the future. The third assumption is that something that takes place after an utterance cannot make a difference to the truth-value of the utterance unless the utterance is about the future. Since these assumptions are jointly inconsistent, one of them must be false. The question is which one we ought to reject. The majority of the discussion is devoted to discussing each of the options, and the tentative conclusion is that the most plausible strategy is to reject the third thesis. That amounts to saying that something that takes place after an utterance can make a difference to the truth-value of the utterance even if the utterance is not about the future.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Studies
VolumeFirst Online
Early online date4 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Accommodation
  • Truth
  • Temporal externalism
  • Relativism
  • Conversational score
  • Disagreement
  • Externalism

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