Meaning and responsibility

Mind and Language 38 (3):809-827 (2023)
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Abstract

In performing an act of assertion we are sometimes responsible for more than the content of the literal meaning of the words we have used, sometimes less. A recently popular research program seeks to explain certain of the commitments we make in speech in terms of responsiveness to the conversational subject matter. We raise some issues for this view with the aim of providing a more general account of linguistic commitment: one that is grounded in a more general action‐theoretic notion of responsibility.

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Henry Ian Schiller
University of Sheffield
Ray Buchanan
University of Texas at Austin

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Directing Thought.Henry Ian Schiller - forthcoming - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy.

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