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

Predelli, Stefano

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Stefano Predelli stefano.predelli@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Journal Erkenntnis
Print ISSN 0165-0106
Electronic ISSN 1572-8420
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Issue 2
Pages 309–324
APA6 Citation Predelli, S. (2019). Determination and uniformity: the problem with speech-act theories of fiction. Erkenntnis, 84(2), 309–324 . doi:10.1007/s10670-017-9959-2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-017-9959-2
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10670-017-9959-2
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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