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Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne: Relativism and Monadic Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-956055-4; £ 19.99 (hardback); 148 + viii pages

Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne: Relativism and Monadic Truth. Oxford: Oxford University... Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne: Relativism and Monadic Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-956055-4; £ 19.99 (hardback); 148 + viii pages Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne’s Relativism and Monadic Truth is a monograph in philosophical semantics, the discipline concerned to describe and explain the intentionality of thought and language. The book is quite short at just 148 pages, and so makes for relatively quick and easy reading; but it is full of insightful material on an important topic. In it, the authors set out to defend the orthodox absolutist account of intentionality against certain relativist challenges. The book is divided into four chapters: 1. Overview: Simplicity, Possible Worlds Semantics, and Relativism 2. Diagnostics for Shared Content: From ‘Say’ to ‘Agree’ 3. Operators, the Anaphoric ‘That’, and Temporally Neutral Propositions 4. Predicates of Personal Taste The first chapter serves as an introduction and philosophical orientation. In the next three chapters, the authors rebut three main kinds of argument in favour of relativism: first, “a cluster of related arguments based on saying, agreement, and retraction data” (p. 33); second, arguments based on the semantics of various (alleged) sentential operators; and third, a sort of inference to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne: Relativism and Monadic Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-956055-4; £ 19.99 (hardback); 148 + viii pages

History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis , Volume 13 (1): 8 – Apr 5, 2010

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Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne: Relativism and Monadic Truth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-956055-4; £ 19.99 (hardback); 148 + viii pages Herman Cappelen and John Hawthorne’s Relativism and Monadic Truth is a monograph in philosophical semantics, the discipline concerned to describe and explain the intentionality of thought and language. The book is quite short at just 148 pages, and so makes for relatively quick and easy reading; but it is full of insightful material on an important topic. In it, the authors set out to defend the orthodox absolutist account of intentionality against certain relativist challenges. The book is divided into four chapters: 1. Overview: Simplicity, Possible Worlds Semantics, and Relativism 2. Diagnostics for Shared Content: From ‘Say’ to ‘Agree’ 3. Operators, the Anaphoric ‘That’, and Temporally Neutral Propositions 4. Predicates of Personal Taste The first chapter serves as an introduction and philosophical orientation. In the next three chapters, the authors rebut three main kinds of argument in favour of relativism: first, “a cluster of related arguments based on saying, agreement, and retraction data” (p. 33); second, arguments based on the semantics of various (alleged) sentential operators; and third, a sort of inference to

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