Meaning and Responsibility

Mind and Language (forthcoming)
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Abstract

In performing an act of assertion we are sometimes responsible for more than the content of the literal meaning of the words we have used, sometimes less. A recently popular research program seeks to explain certain of the commitments we make in speech in terms of responsiveness to the conversational subject matter (Hoek 2018, Stokke 2016, Yablo 2014). We raise some issues for this view with the aim of providing a more general account of linguistic commitment: one that is grounded in a more general action-theoretic notion of responsibility.

Author Profiles

Henry Ian Schiller
University of Sheffield
Ray Buchanan
University of Texas at Austin

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