ascriptional locutions

“The attribution of discursive commitments is an attitude that is implicit in deontic scorekeeping practices. It is something that scorekeepers do. The introduction of a sentential operator that functions as “S believes that . . .” or “S is committed to the claim that . . .” does in English makes it possible, not merely implicitly or in practice to take someone to be committed to a claim, but explicitly to say that someone is committed to a claim, and to which claim. The explicit is the claimable, what can be given as a reason and have reasons demanded for it; ascriptional locutions make implicit attributions explicit as the contents of claims.” (Robert B. Brandom, Making It Explicit, p.498)


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