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Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Sanford C. Goldberg


This book concerns the speech act of assertion. It defends the view that this type of speech act is answerable to a constitutive norm—the norm of assertion. Its core contention is this: the hypothesis that assertion is answerable to a robustly epistemic norm is uniquely suited to explain assertion’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 of language (norms of ... More

Keywords: assertion, norm of assertion, epistemology of testimony, epistemic authority, anonymity, ethics of conversation, epistemology of disagreement, Moore’s paradox, philosophical methodology, epistemic group

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford C. Goldberg, author
Northwestern University