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Assertion: New Philosophical Essays

Jessica Brown and Herman Cappelen


This volume brings together new chapters on assertion by leading epistemologists and philosophers of language. The chapters are arranged into two sections. The chapters in the first section address the question of what an assertion is. MacFarlane surveys and evaluates the various possible theories, leaning towards a commitment view. Kölbel defends a view that combines a commitment approach with Stalnaker's ‘essential effect’ as a necessary condition. At the centre of Pagin's proposal is the notion of an utterance being made ‘prima facie because it is true’. Cappelen promotes a debunking view a ... More

Keywords: assertion, epistemic norms, testimony, epistemic condition, sufficiency

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199573004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Brown, editor
University of St Andrews
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Herman Cappelen, editor
University of St Andrews
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