ASSERTION AND CAPITULATION
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Author. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2010 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 91, Issue 3, pages 352–368, September 2010
How to Cite
KENYON, T. (2010), ASSERTION AND CAPITULATION. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 91: 352–368. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2010.01371.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
The context or manner of an utterance can alter or nullify the speech-act that would normally be performed by utterances of that sort. Coercive contexts have this effect on some kinds of seeming assertions: they end up being non-assertoric, and are merely capitulations. An earlier version of this view is clarified, defended, and extended partly in response to a useful critique by Roy Sorensen. I examine some complications that arise regarding resistance to speaking under coercion when ideological or religious commitments are implicated.