Does Communication Require Consensus?

Nicholas Rescher

in Pluralism

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198236016
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679162 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Does Communication Require Consensus?

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This chapter argues against the belief that communication is predicated on consensus. It suggests that the adoption of linguistic practices and the coordination of language use is scarcely a matter of consensus. It explains that language mastery consists in acquiring a capacity for the conduct of communicative interactions rather than counting as the entry into an agreement of sorts. This chapter also discusses the communicative dispensability of common conceptions and the presumption of communicative intent.

Keywords: consensus; communication; linguistic practices; language mastery; communicative intent; common conception

Chapter.  6928 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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