When Alston Met Brandom: Defining Assertion

  • Matthew J. Cull


In this paper I give a definition of assertion that develops William P. Alston’s account. Alston’s account of assertion combines a responsibility condition R, which captures the appropriate socio-normative status that one undertakes in asserting something, with an explicit presentation condition, such that the speech act in some way presents the content of what is being asserted. I develop Alston’s account of explicit presentation and add a Brandomian responsibility condition. I then argue that this produces an attractive position on the nature of assertion.


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How to Cite
Cull, M. J. (1) “When Alston Met Brandom: Defining Assertion”, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio, 13(1). Available at: http://www.rifl.unical.it/index.php/rifl/article/view/527 (Accessed: 28November2022).