Context, Truth, and Objectivity: Essays on Radical Contextualism. A Book Review

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 2, doi: 10.26913/avant.2020.02.09
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Manuela Teles orcid-id
Universidade do Porto
Instituto de Filosofia
MLAG – Mind, Language, and Action Group
manuelateles @

Received 13 March 2019; accepted 11 July 2019; published Online First 22 February 2020   Download full text

Abstract: What is radical contextualism? This review aims at using the contributions in this collec-tion to provide answers to this question, considering further questions on contextualism, truth and language.

Keywords: contextualism; language; thought; truth; meaning


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