By Manuel García-Carpintero (auth.), Fabrice Correia, Andrea Iacona (eds.)
Over the prior few years, the tree version of time has been largely hired to accommodate matters in regards to the semantics of tensed discourse. the idea that has prompted its adoption is that the main believable solution to make feel of indeterminism is to conceive of destiny chances as branches that leave from a typical trunk, constituted by way of the prior and the current. notwithstanding, the concept nonetheless has to be additional articulated and defended, and several other vital questions stay open, reminiscent of the query of the way reality could be understood and officially represented in a branching framework. the current quantity is meant to be a 360 measure mirrored image at the tree version. The contributions is gathers drawback the version and its choices, either from a semantic and from a metaphysical perspective.
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Extra info for Around the Tree: Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future
In a previous article discussing epistemic modals (Egan 2007), though, he does discuss the conditions for the Stalnakerian assertion of de se contents to be legitimate. The requirement he poses is one of (presupposed) similarity in the relevant parameter. If I am my only audience, it makes sense to update the context set with my own assertions/judgments of de se contents. Similarly, if we are asserting de nunc contents concerning sufficiently lasting time intervals, it makes sense to update the context set with those asserted contents throughout the relevant interval.
The interesting issue is whether, given the way that the object-language truth predicate is understood to operate pragmatically by the supervaluationist that MacFarlane construes, it behaves as truly relativist technical metalinguistic truth predicates do. And, with respect to this – the really substantive issue at stake here – the answer is, I think, clear. Let us go back again to the comparison we used before. Imagine that Jake asserts a temporalist proposition by uttering “It is raining in Barcelona” at a time when it does rain in Barcelona.
2010. Disputing about taste. In Disagreement, ed. R. Feldman and T. Warfield, 247–286. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2), which I cannot confront here. Interestingly, by the way, he has also dropped the ‘actually’-based objections against supervaluationism I have been discussing here. Relativism, the Open Future, and Propositional Truth 27 Evans, Gareth. 1985. Does tense logic rest upon a mistake?. In his Collected papers, 343–363. Oxford: Clarendon Press. García-Carpintero, Manuel. 2008. Relativism, vagueness and what is said.