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Norms of Assertion and Testimonial Knowledge

Jennifer Lackey

in Learning from Words: Testimony as a Source of Knowledge

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199219162
eISBN:
9780191711824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219162.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines a further objection that has been raised to the view defended in this book — an objection that is grounded in a widely accepted thesis about the norm governing proper assertion. ... More


Assertion, Knowledge, and Lotteries

Jonathan Kvanvig

in Williamson on Knowledge

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199287512
eISBN:
9780191713620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287512.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

One of the central claims of Williamson's ground-breaking epistemology is the claim that knowledge is the norm of assertion. This chapter contends that this viewpoint is mistaken. It first explains ... More


Putting the Norm of Assertion to Work: The Case of Testimony *

Sanford Goldberg

in Assertion: New Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199573004
eISBN:
9780191595127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573004.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter argues that the norm of assertion can be used to give an account of two features of the testimonial exchange, pertaining to the epistemic entitlements and responsibilities of parties ... More


Norms of Assertion

Jonathan L. Kvanvig

in Assertion: New Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199573004
eISBN:
9780191595127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573004.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Recent times have seen an explosion of interest in the question of what conditions need to be satisfied by an assertion for it to pass scrutiny from a purely cognitive or intellectual point of view. ... More


What Is Assertion? In Defense of the Norm-Based Account

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The speech act of assertion is introduced and its core features are described. Four accounts of assertion are presented: the attitudinal account (associated with Bach and Harnish), the common ground ... More


Assertion and Belief

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

After arguing that the connection between assertion and belief is systematic and non-contingent, it is argued that the nature of this connection is best explained in terms of the hypothesis that ... More


No Need for Excuses: Against Knowledge-First Epistemology and the Knowledge Norm of Assertion

Joshua Schechter

in Knowledge First: Approaches in Epistemology and Mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198716310
eISBN:
9780191785023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198716310.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter discusses the viability of knowledge-first epistemology. The chapter has two parts. The first part presents several big-picture objections to knowledge-first epistemology and argues that ... More


Assertion

Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa

in Contextualising Knowledge: Epistemology and Semantics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199682706
eISBN:
9780191839917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199682706.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter takes up the knowledge norm of assertion, according to which assertion is governed by the constitutive norm that one may assert only what one knows. The relationship between such norms ... More


Assertion and Testimony

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, the norm of assertion is used to account for another feature of assertion’s epistemic significance, having to do with the epistemic entitlements and responsibilities that arise in ... More


The Ethics of Assertion (and Belief)

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The thesis is that the hypothesis that assertion is answerable to an epistemic norm can be used to establish two claims in the domain of ethics: first, that there is such a thing as an “ethics of ... More


The Epistemic Norms of Assertion

Mikkel Gerken

in On Folk Epistemology: How we Think and Talk about Knowledge

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198803454
eISBN:
9780191841637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803454.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 7 extends the discussion of epistemic norms to the linguistic realm. Again, it is argued that a Knowledge Norm of Assertion (KNAS) is inadequate and should be replaced with a ... More


Assertion and the Method of Interpretation (Radical and Otherwise)

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The aim of this chapter is to argue that the hypothesis that assertion is answerable to a robustly epistemic norm has implications for the nature and method of what Donald Davidson called “the task ... More


Mutuality and Assertion

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter addresses the problem of the persistence of assertion in the face of systematic peer disagreement. This problem can be resolved by appeal to the hypothesis that the standard set by ... More


The Costs of Context-Sensitivity

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter teases out the implications of the hypothesis that assertion’s epistemic norm is set in a context-sensitive fashion, by appeal to what is mutually believed in context. In particular, it ... More


Telling

Katherine Hawley

in How To Be Trustworthy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198843900
eISBN:
9780191881695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198843900.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter sets out an account of assertion—or telling—which is suitable for a unified account of trustworthiness in both speech and action, and which centrally involves commitment. On this ... More


Against Knowledge-First Epistemology

Mikkel Gerken

in Knowledge First: Approaches in Epistemology and Mind

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198716310
eISBN:
9780191785023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198716310.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter attacks, on several fronts, what is often cited as a theoretical advantage to regarding knowledge as a theoretical primitive—namely, that knowledge can be used to reductively analyse ... More


Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Sanford C. Goldberg

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book concerns the speech act of assertion. It defends the view that this type of speech act is answerable to a constitutive norm—the norm of assertion. Its core contention is this: the ... More


Anonymous Assertion

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, the hypothesis that assertion is answerable to an epistemic norm is used to illuminate the public nature of assertion. In particular, the aim is to address how the absence of a ... More


Disagreement, Defeat, and Assertion 1

Sanford Goldberg

in The Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199698370
eISBN:
9780191748899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698370.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this paper Sanford Goldberg argues that the sort of systematic disagreements we encounter in philosophy presents us with a problem regarding assertoric practice in philosophy. The argument aims to ... More


Assertion and Assertoric Content

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Assertion: On the Philosophical Significance of Assertoric Speech

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198732488
eISBN:
9780191796708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732488.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter brings to bear the hypothesis that assertion is answerable to an epistemic norm on further issues pertaining to the interpretation of assertions. By combining some of the results from ... More


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