Ideas of H. Paul Grice, by Theme

[British, 1913 - 1988, At St John's, Oxford University, and then the University of California, Berkeley.]

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10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / c. Truth-function conditionals
Conditionals are truth-functional, but we must take care with misleading ones
The odd truth table for material conditionals is explained by conversational conventions
Conditionals might remain truth-functional, despite inappropriate conversational remarks
10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / f. Pragmatics of conditionals
A person can be justified in believing a proposition, though it is unreasonable to actually say it
Conditionals are truth-functional, but unassertable in tricky cases?
19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 3. Meaning as Speaker's Intention
Meaning needs an intention to induce a belief, and a recognition that this is the speaker's intention
Only the utterer's primary intention is relevant to the meaning
We judge linguistic intentions rather as we judge non-linguistic intentions, so they are alike
19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / b. Implicature
Grice's maxim of quality says do not assert what you believe to be false
Grice's maxim of manner requires one to be as brief as possible
Grice's maxim of quantity says be sufficiently informative
Key conversational maxims are 'quality' (assert truth) and 'quantity' (leave nothing out)