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Dan López de Sa

Rigid vs. flexible response-dependence properties


ISBN: 978-3-88405-564-9

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Response-dependence was intended to generalize the notion of a secondary quality by applying also to values in a way that realism about value was vindicated. The author argues that response-dependence, by itself, fails with respect to this project. There is a general notion of a response-dependent property under which both secondary qualities and evaluative properties – but not all properties – fall. But the claim that a property is response-dependent in this general sense falls short of constituting a vindication of realism concerning the property in question. This is so because response-dependent properties, in this general sense, comprise both what the author calls rigid response-dependent properties and flexible response-dependent properties. His main aim in this paper is to present this distinction between response-dependent properties, and to claim that only response-dependence of the rigid variety supports realism. He  illustrates  the notion of rigid response-dependence properties with the case of colours, and that of flexible response-dependence properties with the case of values. Although both cases will contain controversial elements, their mere defensibility will suffice (I hope) for supporting the claim about the exclusivity of the connection between rigid response-dependence and realism.

Authors’ Biography
Dan López de Sa is RyC Researcher at the Universitat de Barcelona. He works mainly on metaphysics and the philosophy of language, particularly on vagueness, contextualism/relativism and faultless disagreement, rigidity for predicates, response-dependence and realism, truthmaking, and grounding. He has published in Analysis, Mind, Nous, Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophical Studies, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, and Synthese, among others.



 





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