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The Epistemic Life of GroupsEssays in the Epistemology of Collectives$
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Michael S. Brady and Miranda Fricker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.001.0001

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Mutuality and Assertion

Mutuality and Assertion

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(p.11) 1 Mutuality and Assertion
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The Epistemic Life of Groups
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Sanford C. Goldberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759645.003.0002

This chapter has two aims: first, to develop a context-sensitive account of the norm of assertion in which the requirement set by this norm, taken to be epistemic in its content, crucially involves the mutual expectations of interlocutors within an epistemic community. Second, to provide independent grounds for thinking that this account is true, and defend it against various objections. The chapter begins by presenting a problem, to which such an account (if independently motivated) would be a solution. The problem is that there are two background assumptions, each plausible in its own right (if not universally endorsed), yet which are incompatible with one another. The first concerns the norm of assertion, and the second the practice of assertion. Together, the assumptions suggest an unhappy conclusion; the chapter, as stated, aims to avoid this conclusion.

Keywords:   assertion, norms, context-sensitive, mutual, expectation, epistemic, community, interlocutors

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