Norms of Conversation

Anthony Simon Laden

in Reasoning

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606191
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741081 | DOI:
Norms of Conversation

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After an opening discussion of different kinds of norms, the chapter discusses three types of characteristic norms of casual conversation. Each kind of norm emerges from a contrast between genuine conversation and other forms of speaking in each other’s proximity. Conversation requires that speakers are mutually intelligible and find ways to attune themselves, that there is a sufficient level of equality among the speakers that each can influence the other, and that the speakers are able and willing to stand behind what they say.

Keywords: norms; attunement; referential agreement; equality; criteria; Cavell; sincerity; relationships

Chapter.  14815 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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