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By M. Jary

Statement is a time period often utilized in linguistics and philosophy yet hardly outlined. This in-depth research surveys and synthesizes a number of philosophical, linguistic and mental literature at the subject, after which offers a close account of the cognitive tactics inquisitive about the translation of assertions.

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Indeed, he (1993) sees truth-conditional accounts of meaning such as Davidson’s as potential components of a theory of meaning in that they provide, according to him, a theory of sense. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-20 Assertion in Speech-act Theory 21 Assertion For Brandom, truth is to be explained in terms of the commitments and entitlements that result from truth-judgements. Judging an assertion true entails taking on commitments and entitlements, and an understanding of this is all there is to an understanding of the notion of truth, according to Brandom.

The order of explanation with which Dummett is concerned is an issue of conceptual priority. On this view, if we want to give an analysis of the notion of belief, we cannot do so without reference to assertion. It does not follow from this, though, that the empirical order of explanation will be the same. It may well be that, armed with the concepts of belief and assertion, we can devise an accurate model of communication according to which assertions derive their meaning from beliefs that they express.

This is uncontroversial: belief is standardly characterised as an attitude to a proposition, that attitude being one of holding that its propositional object is true. Though Dummett (1993: 217) speaks of belief as holding a sentence – rather than a proposition – to be true, nothing hinges on this for present purposes. In discussing his argument, too will use the term ‘sentence’ where I would normally be more inclined to say ‘proposition’. Step 2 is to claim that truth must be explained, in part, in terms of treating as true (Dummett 1993: 221).

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