Determination and uniformity: the problem with speech-act theories of fiction

Predelli, Stefano (2017) Determination and uniformity: the problem with speech-act theories of fiction. Erkenntnis . ISSN 1572-8420

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Taking inspiration from Searle’s ‘The Logic of Fictional Discourse’, this essay presents an argument against different versions of the so-called ‘speech act theory of fiction’. In particular, it argues that a Uniformity Argument may be constructed, which is additional to the Determination Argument commonly attributed to Searle, and which does not rely on his presumably controversial Determination Principle. This Uniformity Argument is equally powerful against the ‘Dedicated Speech Act’ theories that Searle originally targeted, and the more recent, Grice-inspired versions of speech-act approaches to fictional discourse.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10670-017-9959-2
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 20:59

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