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PluralismAgainst the Demand for Consensus$
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Nicholas Rescher

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236016.001.0001

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Does Communication Require Consensus?

Does Communication Require Consensus?

(p.137) 8 Does Communication Require Consensus?

Nicholas Rescher

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues against the belief that communication is predicated on consensus. It suggests that the adoption of linguistic practices and the coordination of language use is scarcely a matter of consensus. It explains that language mastery consists in acquiring a capacity for the conduct of communicative interactions rather than counting as the entry into an agreement of sorts. This chapter also discusses the communicative dispensability of common conceptions and the presumption of communicative intent.

Keywords:   consensus, communication, linguistic practices, language mastery, communicative intent, common conception

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