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Argumentation

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 233–265 | Cite as

Presumptive Reasoning in Interpretation. Implicatures and Conflicts of Presumptions

  • Fabrizio Macagno
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Abstract

This paper shows how reasoning from best explanation combines with linguistic and factual presumptions during the process of retrieving a speaker’s intention. It is shown how differences between presumptions need to be used to pick the best explanation of a pragmatic manifestation of a dialogical intention. It is shown why we cannot simply jump to an interpretative conclusion based on what we presume to be the most common purpose of a speech act, and why, in cases of indirect speech acts, we need to depend on an abductive process of interpretation.

Keywords

Implicatures Interpretation Presumption Argumentation Abductive reasoning Inferences Argumentation schemes Implicit meaning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy of Language (IFL)Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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