The Implausibility of Hermeneutic Non-Assertivism†

Armour-Garb, Bradley
October 2011
Philosophia Mathematica;Oct2011, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p349
Academic Journal
In a recent paper, Mark Balaguer has responded to the argument that I launched against Hermeneutic Non-Assertivism, claiming that, as a matter of empirical fact, ‘when typical mathematicians utter mathematical sentences, they are doing something that differs from asserting in a pretty subtle way, so that the difference between [asserting] and this other kind of speech act is not obvious’. In this paper, I show the implausibility of this empirical hypothesis.


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