The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant

2015.10.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rachel McKinnon, The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, 251pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.10.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rachel McKinnon, The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, 251pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137521712. Reviewed by Sanford C. Goldberg, Northwestern University In the last decade or so, much ink has been spilled by philosophers examining the nature of the speech act of assertion. A central issue concerns whether we can understand the nature of this act in terms of the rule(s) that govern it. At least several dozen articles, an edited collection, and one other book take up this topic.[1] Rachel McKinnon's book is a welcome addition to this literature. McKinnon's book takes aim at the most prevalent view in this debate, that of Timothy Williamson (1996). According to Williamson, assertion is the unique speech act governed by the knowledge rule (Knowledge Norm of Assertion), to the effect that KNA  One must: assert that p, only if... Read More

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