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Some philosophers argue that the rules of language are similar to the rules of games. A person who lies, for instance, commits an infraction that is similar, say, to committing a foul in football. But this picture is incomplete: language and games are also governed by aims. In this sense, scoring a goal is the (purported) aim of shooting penalties in football; similarly, communicating a truth is the (purported) aim of making a statement. In this paper, I help myself with this analogy to solve some contemporary controversies in the philosophy of communication.

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- Offers a definition of the difference between rules and aims in social practicies, and applies it to the study of language/communication - Presents a novel solution to a philosophical puzzle concerning the rules that govern the speech act of assertion

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This page is a summary of: Truth and assertion: rules versus aims, Analysis, June 2018, Oxford University Press (OUP), DOI: 10.1093/analys/any008.
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