Relativism, metasemantics, and the future

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Contemporary relativists often see their view as contributing to a semantic/post-semantic account of linguistic data about disagreement and retraction. I offer an independently motivated metasemantic account of the same data, that also handles a number of cases and empirical results that are problematic for the relativist. The key idea is that the content of assertions and beliefs is determined in part by facts about other times, including times after the assertion is made or the belief is formed. On this temporal externalist view, speaker behaviours such as retraction of previous assertions play a role in making it the case that a past utterance has a given meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages51
JournalInquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date18 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2020


  • Relativism
  • Temporal externalism
  • Metasemantics
  • Epistemic modals
  • Gradable adjectives


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