Selfless assertions

Jennifer Lackey*

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Abstract

There are three central components to the phenomenon of selfless assertion: first, a subject, for purely non-epistemic reasons, does not believe that p; second, despite this lack of belief, the subject is aware that p is very well supported by all of the available evidence; and, third, because of this, the subject asserts that p without believing that p. In this piece, it is argued that selfless assertion sheds crucial light on how to understand the nature of lying. In particular, it is shown that only accounts of lying that secure a connection with deception deliver the correct verdict that cases of selfless assertion are importantly different from lies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Lying
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages244-251
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780198736578
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Deception
  • Evidence
  • Knowledge
  • Lying
  • Selfless assertions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Lackey, J. (2018). Selfless assertions. In The Oxford Handbook of Lying (pp. 244-251). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198736578.013.18
Lackey, Jennifer. / Selfless assertions. The Oxford Handbook of Lying. Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 244-251
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