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The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity

Richard Moran


The capacity to speak is not only the ability to pronounce words, but is the socially recognized capacity to make one’s words count in various ways. We rely on this capacity whenever we tell another person something and expect to be believed, and what we learn from others in this way is the basis for most of what we take ourselves to know about the world. The Exchange of Words is a philosophical exploration of human testimony, specifically as a form of intersubjective understanding in which speakers communicate by making themselves accountable for the truth of what they say. This account weave ... More

Keywords: Book, testimony, speech act, intersubjectivity, second person, illocution, Paul Grice, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bernard Williams, Elizabeth Anscombe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190873325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190873325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Moran, author
Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University