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McMaster University

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1-6-2005 9:00 AM

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1-6-2005 5:00 PM

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We sketch and defend a Commitment View of testimony. Unlike alternative approaches, we focus on the ordinary act of testifying, attempting (i) to identify the commitments essential to this speech act and (ii) to explain why those commitments are practically necessary. In view of this account, we argue that given the commitments undertaken in testifying, a speaker’s testimony can qualify as evidence.

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The Commitments Speakers Undertake in Giving Testimony

McMaster University

We sketch and defend a Commitment View of testimony. Unlike alternative approaches, we focus on the ordinary act of testifying, attempting (i) to identify the commitments essential to this speech act and (ii) to explain why those commitments are practically necessary. In view of this account, we argue that given the commitments undertaken in testifying, a speaker’s testimony can qualify as evidence.