Assertion by Sanford Goldberg Book Summary:
Sanford C. Goldberg presents a novel account of the speech act of assertion. He defends the view that this type of speech act is answerable to a constitutive norm--the norm of assertion. This hypothesis is uniquely suited to explain assertion's philosophical significance--its connections to other philosophically interesting topics, including epistemology, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, ethics, and other matters which transcend any subcategory.Goldberg aims to bring out these connections without assuming anything about the precise content of assertion's norm, beyond regarding it as robustly epistemic. In the last section of the book,however, he proposes that we do best to see the norm's epistemic standard as set in a context-sensitive fashion--a view that can be made to square with assertion's philosophical significance.