Conversational Score, Assertion, and Testimony*

Max Kölbel

in Assertion

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573004
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595127 | DOI:
Conversational Score, Assertion, and Testimony*

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This chapter first examines Stalnaker's and Lewis's notions of conversational score and offer a simplified notion that takes its inspiration in Stalnaker's earlier work on presupposition. The chapter then attempts to characterize the speech-act of assertion within this framework in such a way that there remains a difference between informatively presupposing and asserting. Finally the chapter explains how, on this model, people can come to acquire beliefs and justification for those beliefs as a result of linguistic exchange.

Keywords: assertion; presupposition; testimony; context; conversational score; Robert Stalnaker; David Lewis

Chapter.  15388 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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