Download e-book for iPad: Assurance: An Austinian view of Knowledge and Knowledge by Krista Lawlor

By Krista Lawlor

ISBN-10: 0199657890

ISBN-13: 9780199657896

Claiming to understand is greater than creating a file approximately one's epistemic place: one additionally deals one's insurance to others. what's an insurance? during this e-book, Krista Lawlor unites J. L. Austin's insights concerning the pragmatics of assurance-giving and the semantics of data claims right into a systematic complete. The primary subject within the Austinian view is that of reasonableness: entice a 'reasonable individual' typical makes the perform of assurance-giving attainable, and we could our wisdom claims be real regardless of transformations in useful pursuits and war of words between audio system and hearers. Lawlor presents an unique account of the way the Austinian view addresses a couple of problems for contextualist semantic theories, resolves closure-based skeptical paradoxes, and is helping us to tread the road among acknowledging our fallibility and skepticism.

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That is to say, they govern themselves by the linguistic rule that speakers should claim ‘S knows p’ only if S has conclusive reasons to believe that p, and p is true. ’ The conventional expectation that with ‘I know p’ one is obligated to provide exclusionary reason to believe p is missing in the Cartesian society—no one ever takes anyone up on their offer of exclusionary reasons, and no one ever thinks of himself as obligated to provide such reasons. Now we might wonder why people, in the absence of a role for such obligations, would go in for claiming knowledge in the first place.

52). Consequently, sometimes one fails to know p (on what might otherwise be excellent grounds), because one’s group possesses undermining evidence. Harman’s claim here is intriguing, although it is not clearly correct. If by evidence for p we mean true propositions that speak in favor of the truth of p, it is not clear that Harman’s idea could be right, since ‘one’s group’ might include people who have acquired misleading evidence for very bad reasons, through gullibility or lack of care, and it is hard to suppose that one’s evidential position should be hostage to the bad behavior of one’s group.

If one assures that p, one is committed to being able answer all challenges to the claim that p. As an assurance giver one represents oneself as ready to answer all challenges. How can one presume to guarantee so much? A standard of reasonableness comes into play. As a giver of assurances, one is committed only to answering the reasonable challenges to p; if there are reasonable doubts one should be in a position to answer to them. One uses one’s own take on what counts as reasonable in order to anticipate reasonable challenges, thereby to gauge whether one is in any position to take up the commitments of assurance giving.

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