Assertion as a Language-Game: the Role of Linguistic Agency in Social-Epistemic Agency

Shieber, Joseph (2002) Assertion as a Language-Game: the Role of Linguistic Agency in Social-Epistemic Agency. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 231-233.

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Abstract

Wittgenstein, in contrast with a number of recent epistemologists (e.g., Audi 1998, 130-48; Fricker 1994), held that hearing another person assert that p may itself constitute sufficient reason for one to believe that p — without one"s needing to have positive grounds for one"s belief that the other person is sincere or reliable. (Cf. Wittgenstein 1992, §§ 143, 160-1) In this paper I will argue that Wittgenstein"s position follows immediately from an understanding of assertion as a language-game governed by norms binding the rational action of participant speakers and hearers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assertion; Truth; Brandom, R.; Wittgenstein, L.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Allgemeine Ethik
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1466

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