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Science, Assertion, and the Common Ground

Dethier, Corey (2022) Science, Assertion, and the Common Ground. Synthese, 200 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1573-0964

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Abstract

I argue that the appropriateness of an assertion is sensitive to context---or, really, the “common ground”---in a way that hasn’t previously been emphasized by philosophers. This kind of context-sensitivity explains why some scientific conclusions seem to be appropriately asserted even though they are not known, believed, or justified on the available evidence. I then consider other recent attempts to account for this phenomenon and argue that if they are to be successful, they need to recognize the kind of context-sensitivity that I argue for.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail.com0000-0002-1240-8391
Keywords: Assertion Common ground Context Norm of assertion Science communication Social epistemology of science
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 03:42
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 03:42
Item ID: 20241
Journal or Publication Title: Synthese
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11229-0...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-022-03580-7
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-19
Volume: 200
Number: 1
ISSN: 1573-0964
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20241

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