Title
Imaginative resistance and conversational implicature Imaginative resistance and conversational implicature
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
The philosophical quarterly. - London
Volume/pages
60(2010) :240 , p. 586-600
ISSN
0031-8094
ISI
000279534900008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We experience resistance when we are engaging with fictional works which present certain (for example, morally objectionable) claims. But in virtue of what properties do sentences trigger this imaginative resistance? I argue that while most accounts of imaginative resistance have looked for semantic properties in virtue of which sentences trigger it, this is unlikely to give us a coherent account, because imaginative resistance is a pragmatic phenomenon. It works in a way very similar to Paul Grice's widely analysed conversational implicature.
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