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Single Idea 14718

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / b. Implicature]

Full Idea

Stalnaker's guiding idea is that in making an assertion the speaker is trying to get the audience to rule out certain possibilities. ....If all goes well, further planning will proceed on the basis of a smaller and more accurate range of possibilities.

Gist of Idea

An assertion is an attempt to rule out certain possibilities, narrowing things down for good planning


report of Robert C. Stalnaker (Assertion [1978]) by Laura Schroeter - Two-Dimensional Semantics

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.37

A Reaction

This sounds intuitively rather plausible, and is a nice original thought. This is what we pay clever chaps like Stalnaker to come up with. It seems to imply some notion of verisimilitude (qv. under 'truth'), depending on how much narrowing happens.