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Statement is a time period usually utilized in linguistics and philosophy yet not often outlined. This in-depth research surveys and synthesizes more than a few philosophical, linguistic and mental literature at the subject, after which offers an in depth account of the cognitive methods taken with the translation of assertions.

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Unlike Brandom, however, he seeks to do so in overtly psychologistic terms. Psychology enters his story in two ways: on the one hand, he analyses linguistic forms as indicators of characteristic associated intentions, and the interpretation of speaker meaning as relying on the hearer deciding whether the speaker actually has the intentions indicated (2004: 7, 45–62); on the other, the expressive powers of natural language are argued by Barker to be grounded in a more rudimentary representational system of cognitive ‘tracking states’ (2004: 19–20, ch.

4. Given 2 and 3, it follows that truth cannot be explained without reference to a practice that exemplifies treating as true. 5. Assertion is the practice that best exemplifies treating as true. 6. Given 4 and 5, it follows that assertion cannot be explained in terms of belief, for the notion of belief is reliant on the notion of truth, which must itself be explained in terms of the practice that best exemplifies treating as true: assertion. Let’s look at each of these steps. Step 1 claims that belief cannot be explicated without recourse to the notion of truth.

As noted above, Barker grounds his theory of meaning in a notion of basic cognitive states that he calls ‘tracking states’. These are states that represent – or reflect – how the world is (or, in the case of intentional tracking states, how the holder wants the world to be). e. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-20 Representative intention: to represent a state of affairs in which she believes that there is life on Mars Communicative intention: (a) that her hearer believe that the speaker is in this state and (b) that he accept, confirm or rejects being in that state himself.

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