Philosophical Quarterly 69 (277):741-770 (2019)

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Luca Incurvati
University of Amsterdam
Julian J. Schlöder
University of Amsterdam
Abstract
We present an inferentialist account of the epistemic modal operator might. Our starting point is the bilateralist programme. A bilateralist explains the operator not in terms of the speech act of rejection ; we explain the operator might in terms of weak assertion, a speech act whose existence we argue for on the basis of linguistic evidence. We show that our account of might provides a solution to certain well-known puzzles about the semantics of modal vocabulary whilst retaining classical logic. This demonstrates that an inferentialist approach to meaning can be successfully extended beyond the core logical constants.
Keywords epistemic modals  inferentialism  bilateralism  assertion  rejection
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqz016
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