ISBN : 9780198801573
Sanford C. Goldberg presents a novel account of the speech act of assertion. He argues that this type of speech act is answerable to an epistemic, context-sensitive norm. On this basis he shows the philosophical importance of assertion for key debates in philosophy of language and mind, epistemology, and ethics.
Part I: Introduction; 1 What is Assertion? In defense of the norm-based account; Part II: The Epistemic Significance of Assertion; 2 Assertion and the spread of knowledge; 3 Assertion and Testimony; Part III: Other Applications: Mind, Language, and More; 4 Assertion and the Method of Interpretation (Radical and Otherwise); 5 Assertion and Assertoric Content; 6 Assertion and Belief; 7 The Ethics of Assertion (and Belief); 8 Anonymous Assertion; Part IV: A case for context-sensitivity in the Norm of Assertion; 9 Assertion and Disagreement; 10 Mutuality and Assertion; 11 The Costs of Context-Sensitivity