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Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims

Krista Lawlor


Claiming to know is more than making a report about one's epistemic position; one also offers one's assurance to others. What is an assurance? This book unites J. L. Austin's insights about the pragmatics of assurance giving and the semantics of knowledge claims into a systematic whole. The central theme in the Austinian view is that of reasonableness: appeal to a reasonable person standard makes the practice of assurance giving possible, and lets our knowledge claims be true despite differences in practical interests and disagreement among speakers and hearers. The Austinian view addresses a ... More

Keywords: J.L. Austin, assurance, assertion, closure, contextualism, disagreement, knowledge, practical interests, reasonable person, skepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krista Lawlor, author
Stanford University