On Scott-Phillips' General Account of Communication

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2017

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Planer, Ronald

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Springer

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to critically engage with a recent attempt by Thom Scott-Phillips to offer a general account of communication. As a general account, it is intended toa pply equally well to both non-human and human interactions which are prima facie communicative in character. however, so far, Scott-Phillips has provided little detail regarding how his account is supposed to apply to the latter set of cases. After presenting what I take to be the most plausible way of filling in those details, I argue that his account would appear to be too narrow: it (minimally) fails to capture a range of human interactions which strike us as instances of communication.

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Communication, Function, Information, Coercion, Cue, Ostensive communication, Partial communication

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Acta Biotheortica

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Journal article

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10.1007/s10441-017-9313-8

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2099-12-31