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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 23, Issue 1, January 2008

Paul Faulkner
Pages 23-34

Cooperation and trust in conversational exchanges

A conversation is more than a series of disconnected remarks because it is conducted against a background presumption of cooperation. But what makes it reasonable to presume that one is engaged in a conversation? What makes it reasonable to presume cooperation? This paper considers Grice’s two ways of answering this question and argues for the one he discarded. It does so by means of considering a certain problem and analysis of trust.

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