The Distinctive Security Of Avowals: Ascriptive Immunity to Error

Dorit Bar-On

in Speaking My Mind

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276288
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602894 | DOI:
The Distinctive Security Of Avowals: Ascriptive Immunity to Error

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The author develops further the idea, introduced at the end of Ch. 5, that avowals do not involve or require a recognition of one’s own mental state. The notion of ‘ascriptive immunity to error’ is introduced by analogy to the notion of immunity to error though misidentification. So-called ’self-verifying’ avowals of occurrent thoughts best illustrate this idea, where it seems most plausible to say that there is no separate recognition of one’s thought contents. Nevertheless, the author also suggests that all avowals have ‘ascriptive immunity’ as well. This is to be explained by the expressive character of avowals.

Keywords: ascriptive immunity to error; epistemic immediacy; self-verifying avowals

Chapter.  16576 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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