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Robert J. Fogelin

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195071627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019507162X.001.0001

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Richard Price on Promising: A Limited Defense

Richard Price on Promising: A Limited Defense

(p.132) 9 Richard Price on Promising: A Limited Defense
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This essay presents an exposition and limited defense of Richard Price's claim that the “fidelity to promises is properly a branch or instance of veracity,” i.e., the obligation to keep a promise is, for Price, an instance of our obligation to tell the truth. His general idea is this: When one makes an assertion, one is under an obligation to have one's words fit the facts. When one makes an assertion about one's own future actions (rather than simply expressing an intention concerning them), one falls under an obligation to make what one said true by acting in the stated way. Though not without difficulties, Price's account of promising is presented as a viable alternative to accounts given by H. A. Prichard and J. L. Austin.

Keywords:   Austin, intentions, Price, Prichard, promise, promising

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