Assertion and capitulation

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 91 (3):352-368 (2010)
The context or manner of an utterance can alter or nullify the speech-act that would normally be performed by utterances of that sort. Coercive contexts have this effect on some kinds of seeming assertions: they end up being non-assertoric, and are merely capitulations. An earlier version of this view is clarified, defended, and extended partly in response to a useful critique by Roy Sorensen. I examine some complications that arise regarding resistance to speaking under coercion when ideological or religious commitments are implicated
Keywords assertion  lying  coercion  torture  speech-acts
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01371.x
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