Assertion remains strong

Peter van Elswyk*, Matthew A. Benton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Assertion is widely regarded as an act associated with an epistemic position. To assert is to represent oneself as occupying this position and/or to be required to occupy this position. Within this approach, the most common view is that assertion is strong: the associated position is knowledge or certainty. But recent challenges to this common view present new data that are argued to be better explained by assertion being weak. Old data widely taken to support assertion being strong has also been challenged. This paper examines such challenges and finds them wanting. Far from diminishing the case for strong assertion, carefully considering new and old data reveals that assertion is as strong as ever.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-50
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume180
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Assertion
  • Knowledge norm
  • Speech acts
  • Testimony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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