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In this short but meaty book, Peter Unger questions the objective answers that have been given to central problems in philosophy. As Unger hypothesizes, many of these problems are unanswerable, including the problems of knowledge and scepticism, the problems of free will, and problems of causation and explanation. In each case, he argues, we arrive at one answer only ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1984)
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Unger argues that for a range of expressions ("flat", "empty", "cause", "explanation", "knowledge", etc.), contextualist and invariantist accounts of their semantics are equally viable. Since there are no reasons to prefer one account of the semantics of these terms over the other, Unger concludes that there is no fact of the matter about the semantics of these terms. This is the position he calls "semantic relativity". When the terms in question are philosophically significant (as with "cause", ...more