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AssertionNew Philosophical Essays$
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Jessica Brown and Herman Cappelen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573004.001.0001

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Conversational Score, Assertion, and Testimony *

Conversational Score, Assertion, and Testimony *

(p.49) 3 Conversational Score, Assertion, and Testimony*

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This chapter first examines Stalnaker's and Lewis's notions of conversational score and offer a simplified notion that takes its inspiration in Stalnaker's earlier work on presupposition. The chapter then attempts to characterize the speech-act of assertion within this framework in such a way that there remains a difference between informatively presupposing and asserting. Finally the chapter explains how, on this model, people can come to acquire beliefs and justification for those beliefs as a result of linguistic exchange.

Keywords:   assertion, presupposition, testimony, context, conversational score, Robert Stalnaker, David Lewis

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