Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 34, number 100, abril 2002
What Is Implicit?
[¿Qué está implícito?]
Gert Helgesson
Department of Philosophy
Uppsala University

gert.helgesson@filosofi.uu.se

Abstract: This paper briefly surveys previous analyses of implicitness and proposes a new, two-dimensional account. The first dimension concerns whether an assumption follows or not in terms of analytical or contextual implications or because it is a reasonable interpretation. The second dimension concerns the intentions of the author. Both dimensions are needed for identifying implicit assumptions in critical analyses of texts. A definition of clear cases of implicit assumptions is given.
Keywords: implication, implicature, implicit, pragmatic, presupposition, Robert H. Ennis, Paul Grice

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