Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Hardcover | March 19, 2015

bySanford C. Goldberg

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Sanford C. Goldberg presents a novel account of the speech act of assertion. He defends the view that this type of speech act is answerable to a constitutive norm - the norm of assertion. The hypothesis that assertion is answerable to a robustly epistemic norm is uniquely suited to explainassertion's philosophical significance - its connections to other philosophically interesting topics. These include topics in epistemology (testimony and testimonial knowledge; epistemic authority; disagreement), the philosophy of mind (belief; the theory of mental content), the philosophy oflanguage (norms of language; the method of interpretation; the theory of linguistic content), ethics (the ethics of belief; what we owe to each other as information-seeking creatures), and other matters which transcend any subcategory (anonymity; trust; the division of epistemic labor; Mooreanparadoxicality). Goldberg aims to bring out these connections without assuming anything about the precise content of assertion's norm, beyond regarding it as robustly epistemic. In the last section of the book, however, he proposes that we do best to see the norm's epistemic standard as set in a context-sensitivefashion. After motivating this proposal by appeal to Grice's Cooperative Principle and spelling it out in terms of what is mutually believed in the speech context, Goldberg concludes by noting how this sort of context-sensitivity can be made to square with assertion's philosophicalsignificance.

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Sanford C. Goldberg presents a novel account of the speech act of assertion. He defends the view that this type of speech act is answerable to a constitutive norm - the norm of assertion. The hypothesis that assertion is answerable to a robustly epistemic norm is uniquely suited to explainassertion's philosophical significance - its co...

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 disagre...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:March 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. What is Assertion? In defense of the norm-based accountPart II: The Epistemic Significance of Assertion2. Assertion and the spread of knowledge3. Assertion and TestimonyPart III: Other Applications: Mind, Language, and More4. Assertion and the Method of Interpretation (Radical and Otherwise)5. Assertion and Assertoric Content6. Assertion and Belief7. The Ethics of Assertion (and Belief)8. Anonymous AssertionPart IV: A case for context-sensitivity in the Norm of Assertion9. Assertion and Disagreement10. Mutuality and Assertion11. The Costs of Context-Sensitivity