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What Is Assertion*?

John MacFarlane

in Assertion

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573004
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595127 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573004.003.0004
What Is Assertion*?

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What is it to make an assertion? The literature contains four broad categories of answers: (1) To assert is to express an attitude. (2) To assert is to make a move defined by its constitutive rules. (3) To assert is to propose to add information to the conversational common ground. (4) To assert is to undertake a certain sort of commitment. This chapter discusses the motivations, advantages, and disadvantages of each of these views.

Keywords: assertion; constitutive rules; expression; common ground; commitment

Chapter.  9384 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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