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Truth and Realism$
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Patrick Greenough and Michael P. Lynch

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288878.001.0001

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Context, Vagueness, and Ontology

Context, Vagueness, and Ontology

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(p.162) 8 Context, Vagueness, and Ontology
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Truth and Realism
Author(s):
Mark Richard
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288878.003.0009

This chapter criticizes the position taken by the authors of Chapter 7 along several fronts. A principal criticism is that the theory of contextual semantics requires that we are cognizant in some way of shifts in semantic context, which allows us to subtly interpret utterances as true or false depending on our evaluation of which is the appropriate context at the moment. But if so, then we should be sensitive to the possibility that some claims of the form that there are Fs are true even when the ultimate ‘real’ ontology would reject Fs as nonexistent. It is implausible that we are sensitive to such a possibility. The chapter ends with a reflection on the methodology of the realism debate.

Keywords:   austere metaphysical realism, truth, contextual semantics

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