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Indexical telativism versus genuine relativism

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The main purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare two forms any relativist thesis can take: indexical relativism and genuine relativism. Indexical relativists claim that the implicit indexicality of certain sentences is the only source of relativity. Genuine relativists, by contrast, claim that there is relativity not just at the level of sentences, but also at propositional level. After characterizing each of the two forms and discussing their difficulties, I argue that the difference between the two is significant.
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Keywords: Gareth Evans; Gilbert Harman; indexicality; moral relativism; relativism; truth

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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