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Speech Act Theory and the Multiple Aims of Science

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I draw upon speech act theory to understand the speech acts appropriate to the multiple aims of scientific practice and the role of nonepistemic values in evaluating speech acts made relative to those aims. First, I consider work that distinguishes explanatory speech acts from descriptive speech acts within scientific practice. I then show how speech act theory provides a framework to make sense of explaining’s and describing’s distinct felicity conditions. Finally, I argue that if explaining aims to convey understanding to particular audiences rather than describe literally across contexts, then evaluating explanatory speech acts directed to nonscientists involves nonepistemic criteria.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
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Franco, Paul L.pfranco@uw.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in December 2019 Philosophy of Science 86 (5) | PSA 2018 Proceedings Issue
Keywords: Speech Act Theory, Explanation, Values in Science, Aims Approach
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Paul L. Franco
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 16:28
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 16:28
Item ID: 15574
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15574

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