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The Journal of Philosophy

Volume 116, Issue 2, February 2019

Raphael van Riel
Pages 106-118
DOI: 10.5840/jphil201911626

Lying beyond a Conversational Purpose
A Critique of Stokke's Assertion-Based Account of Lying

In this paper, I argue that a particular assertion-based account of lying, which rests on Stalnaker’s theory of assertions, proposed by Andreas Stokke, is both too broad and too narrow. I tentatively conclude that the account fails because lying does not necessarily involve a conversational purpose.