Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

ISBN : 9780198801573

Sanford C. Goldberg
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
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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

About the author: 

Sanford C. Goldberg is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Northwestern University. He works on topics at the intersection of epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. He is author of Anti-Individualism (CUP, 2007), Relying on Others (OUP, 2010), and numerous other articles on such topics as disagreement, testimony, reliabilism, metaepistemology, the semantics of speech reports, reference, self-knowledge, and attitude externalism.

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