Assertion

[Revised entry by Peter Pagin on December 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] An assertion is a speech act in which something is claimed to hold, for instance that there are
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[Revised entry by Peter Pagin on December 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] An assertion is a speech act in which something is claimed to hold, for instance that there are infinitely many prime numbers, or, with respect to some time t, that there is a traffic congestion on Brooklyn Bridge at t, or, of some person x with respect to some time t, that x has a tooth ache at t. The concept of assertion has occupied a central place in the philosophy of language, since it is often thought that making assertions is the use of language most crucial to linguistic meaning. In recent years, by contrast, most of the interest in...

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