Experimental work on the norms of assertion

Philosophy Compass 12 (7):e12425 (2017)
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Communication is essential to human society, and assertion is central to communication. This article reviews evidence from life science, cognitive science, and philosophy relevant to understanding how our social practice of assertion is structured and sustained. The principal conclusion supported by this body of evidence is that knowledge is a central norm of assertion—that is, according to the rules of the practice, assertions should express knowledge.

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John Turri
University of Waterloo


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