Speech Acts and Normativity: A Plea For Inferentialism
This paper deals with the normative dimension of the states of affairs produced by the performance of speech acts (i.e., states of affairs such as commitments, obligations, rights, licenses), and has a twofold aim. First, it points out the inadequacy of Searle’s conventionalist account of both the performance of speech acts and the normativity associated with it, and advocates as an alternative an inferentialist approach along with Bach and Harnish. Second, it suggests that we can account for the normative dimension engendered by speech acts within the inferentialist framework by making the presumption about the interlocutor’s rationality (a notion derived from Grice’s work) fully explicit, and by attending to the set of expectations and constraints that result from it.
vol. 8, n. 2 (2013)
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Federica Berdini, "Speech Acts and Normativity: A Plea For Inferentialism", in: Esercizi Filosofici, vol. 8, n. 2 (2013), pp. 71-88