The Knowledge Rule and the Action Rule

Southern Journal of Philosophy 52 (4):552-574 (2014)

Brian Ball
Oxford University
In this paper I compare Timothy Williamson's knowledge rule of assertion with Ishani Maitra and Brian Weatherson's action rule. The paper is in two parts. In the first part I present and respond to Maitra and Weatherson's master argument against the knowledge rule. I argue that while its second premise, to the effect that an action X can be the thing to do though one is in no position to know that it is, is true, its first premise is not: the data do not support the claim that whenever X is the thing for one to do, one is in a position to assert that it is. In the second part I consider Maitra and Weatherson's alternative hypotheses, arguing that they do not provide a better explanation of the linguistic data. I conclude, in particular, that the knowledge rule is preferable to the action rule
Keywords Norm of Assertion  Knowledge Rule  Action Rule  Pragmatic Encroachment
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DOI 10.1111/sjp.12088
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