Against Assertion*

Herman Cappelen

in Assertion

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573004
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595127 | DOI:
Against Assertion*

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This chapter surveys various ways to divide sayings (of declaratives) into those that are assertions and those that are not. It concludes that the project might be misconstrued. There are many equally good ways of doing it. We might be better off, the chapter suggests, sticking with only sayings, and variable norms, causes, effects and commitments. No additional theoretical or explanatory work is done by singling out one subset of these sayings as ‘assertions’. A complete theory of linguistic behavior, the chapter proposes, will not need the category of assertion – all we will need are sayings plus contextually variable norms, commitments, causes and effects.

Keywords: assertion; declarative; speech act; saying; norm; sentence; language

Chapter.  14073 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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