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Title: Emanuel Viebahn, "Description: The poet affirmeth: on speech acts in  
Presented on campus in the seminar room; simulcast via Zoom:  
https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/81657154525The poet affirmeth: on speech acts  
in fictionAbstract: What kinds of speech acts do authors produce in  
writing works of fiction? For example, what kind of speech act does Tolkien  
perform in writing  
(1)?(1)            In  
a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.In the philosophical debate on  
this question, by far the two most popular answers are the pretence  
view and the make-believe view. According to the pretence view, Tolkien  
doesn’t in fact perform any speech act in writing (1). He merely pretends  
to assert that there lived a hobbit in a hole in the ground, and thus his  
action lacks illocutionary force altogether. On the make-believe view,  
Tolkien prescribes the readers to make-believe that there lived a  
hobbit in a hole in the ground. His action is thus similar to everyday  
directive speech acts, such as suggestions and requests. My first aim  
in this talk is to introduce examples of insincere fictional statements  
that challenge these two views. My second aim is to argue that the examples  
support the view that Tolkien’s statement is an assertion. This view has  
been frequently dismissed, for instance by Sir Philip Sidney in his famous  
remark that “[t]he poet, he nothing affirmeth, and therefore never lieth”.  
I hope to show that the assertion view has been ruled out prematurely, and  
that a proper understanding of assertion in fiction allows for insights  
into the nature of assertion and insincere communication more  
When: Wed 18 May 2022 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Philosophy Seminar Room
Calendar: Seminars
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