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Predicates of Taste and Their Semantics

(Original title: Predikáty vkusu a ich sémantika)
Filozofia, 2012, vol. 67, No 7, pp. 518-529.
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Abstract

The paper deals with the so-called predicates of taste. There seems to be the following conflict concerning such predicates: Let “… P…” be a sentence involving a predicate of taste, P. It may happen that one speaker, A, utters “… P…” and another one, B, utters “It is not the case that … P…” without contradicting each other. On the other hand, it may also happen that if A utters “… P…” and B utters “It is not the case that … P…” they do contradict each other. The purported conflict is solved within a theory called minimal indexicalism. It is claimed that the conflict disappears when we admit that, in the first scenario, A and B, though using the same words, express different propositions and that, in the second scenario, A and B adopt different criteria for evaluating the same proposition.

Keywords

Minimal indexicalism, Predicate of taste, Sentential radical, Testing situation, Truth-conditions

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