Epistemic Resistance Moves

Justin Bledin, Kyle Rawlins


This paper introduces and analyzes a new kind of non-acceptance, non-disagreeing move: resistance. We focus in particular on attention-targeted resistance facilitated by epistemic possibility claims. In this response type, we suggest, an agent draws attention to some subsidiary issue that they think might cause an interlocutor to withdraw a previous commitment. We develop a granularity model of attention where drawing attention in discourse can refine the space of possibilities under consideration and consequently lead to changes in view.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v26i0.3812

Copyright (c) 2016 Justin Bledin, Kyle Rawlins