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Charles Travis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.001.0001

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On What Is Strictly Speaking True

On What Is Strictly Speaking True

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(p.19) 1 On What Is Strictly Speaking True
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Occasion-Sensitivity
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230334.003.0002

Saying is one way of putting things into words. Others include hinting at, implying, suggesting, and letting slip out. But how is saying distinguished from such rival modes of conveying, or at least expressing things, and why does this matter? One answer to these twin questions was proposed some years ago by H. P. Grice, who believes that what is said is often simpler than it seems. And he offers, in effect, a way to argue that it is wherever complexities may seem to be rearing their heads. Given the seriousness with which this offer has been taken up, and the relentlessness with which it has sometimes been applied, and given the resultant dismissal of phenomena better worried about, this chapter shows why Grice's suggestion cannot be correct.

Keywords:   H. P. Grice, saying, what is known, A-thesis

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