David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Erkenntnis 69 (1):55 - 67 (2008)
Gricean communication is communication between utterers and their audiences, where the utterer means something and the audience understands what is meant. The weak transmission idea is that, whenever such communication takes place, there is something which is transmitted from utterer to audience; the strong transmission idea adds that what is transmitted is nothing else than what is communicated. We try to salvage these ideas from a seemingly forceful attack by Wayne Davis. Davis attaches too much significance to the surface structure of sentences of the type ‘S communicates the belief (desire …) that p to A’ by assuming that the communicated entity is denoted by the grammatical object following ‘communicates’. On our proposal, what is communicated in all Gricean cases is a thought. And since S communicates the thought that p to A only if S means that p and A understands what S means, the thought that p will be transmitted from S to A.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Wayne A. Davis (1984). A Causal Theory of Intending. American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (1):43-54.
Wayne A. Davis (1999). Communicating, Telling, and Informing. Philosophical Inquiry 21 (1):21-43.
Wayne A. Davis (1988). Expression of Emotion. American Philosophical Quarterly 25 (October):279-291.
H. P. Grice (1957). Meaning. Philosophical Review 66 (3):377-388.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Kepa Korta & John Perry (2008). The Pragmatic Circle. Synthese 165 (3):347 - 357.
Carole J. Lee (2006). Gricean Charity: The Gricean Turn in Psychology. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 36 (2):193-218.
Youru Wang (2000). The Pragmatics of 'Never Tell Too Plainly': Indirect Communication in Chan Buddhism. Asian Philosophy 10 (1):7 – 31.
Yasuhiko Murakami (2013). Affection of Contact and Transcendental Telepathy in Schizophrenia and Autism. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (1):179-194.
Jennifer M. Saul (2001). Wayne A. Davis, Implicature: Intention, Convention, and Principle in the Failure of Gricean Theory. Noûs 35 (4):631-641.
Jonathan M. Smith (2007). Time-Binding Communication: Transmission and Decadence of Tradition. Ethics, Place and Environment 10 (1):107 – 119.
Kevin Scharp (forthcoming). Brandom on Communication. In Jason Hannon & Robert Rutland (eds.), Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication. McGill-Queen's University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads33 ( #58,118 of 1,140,341 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #140,127 of 1,140,341 )
How can I increase my downloads?