Speech Acts: Natural or Normative Kinds? The Case of Assertion

Mind and Language 29 (3):336-350 (2014)
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Brian Ball
Oxford University
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There are two views of the essences of speech acts: according to one view, they are natural kinds; according to the other, they are what I call normative kinds—kinds in the (possibly non-reductive) definition of which some normative term occurs. In this article I show that speech acts can be normative but also natural kinds by deriving Williamson's account of assertion, on which it is an act individuated, and constitutively governed, by a norm (the knowledge rule), from a consideration of the natural characteristics of normal cases of its performance
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Knowledge and its Limits.Timothy Williamson - 2000 - Oxford University Press.

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