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Stephen Yablo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266487.001.0001

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Must Existence‐Questions Have Answers?

Must Existence‐Questions Have Answers?

(p.296) 12 Must Existence‐Questions Have Answers?

Stephen Yablo (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Sometimes when a presupposition fails, ‘the whole assertive enterprise is wrecked’ (Strawson's phrase). When the assertive enterprise is not wrecked, we have a case of non-catastrophic presupposition failure. This chapter proposes a theory of why a false presupposition does not always bring the assertive act down with it, and the philosophical implications are considered.

Keywords:   assertion, presupposition, content, enthymeme, worlds, Strawson, incremental content, context set

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