Assertion: a function first account

Kelp, C. (2018) Assertion: a function first account. Noûs, 52(2), pp. 411-442. (doi: 10.1111/nous.12153)

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This paper aims to develop a novel account of the normativity of assertion. Its core thesis is that assertion has an etiological epistemic function, viz. to generate knowledge in hearers. In conjunction with a general account of etiological functions and their normative import, it is argued that an assertion is epistemically good if and only if it has the disposition to generate knowledge in hearers. In addition, reason is provided to believe that it makes sense to regulate the practice of assertion by a speaker rule—and, more specifically, by a knowledge rule—as so regulating assertion contributes to ensuring that assertion fulfils its etiological function reliably.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kelp, Professor Christoph
Authors: Kelp, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Noûs
ISSN (Online):1468-0068
Published Online:05 July 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
First Published:First published in Noûs 52(2): 411-442
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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