The point of assertion is to transmit knowledge

Analysis 76 (2):130-136 (2016)
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Abstract

Recent work in philosophy and cognitive science shows that knowledge is the norm of our social practice of assertion, in the sense that an assertion should express knowledge. But why should an assertion express knowledge? I hypothesize that an assertion should express knowledge because the point of assertion is to transmit knowledge. I present evidence supporting this hypothesis.

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John Turri
University of Waterloo

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