Philosophical Studies 123 (1-2):33 (2005)

In this paper, I argue against three views of promising: one old, and two relatively recent. I propose a fourth view: deflation- ism. The old view is that promising is a social practice, and that our obligation to keep promises is related to the practice in some way. The newer views are Scanlon’s non-practice view,1 and Wallace and Kolodny’s ‘‘hybrid view’’. Deflationism is the view that saying ‘‘I promise’’ merely adds emphasis and does not incur any extra obligation. In brief, my argument is that there is no way to account for the 'ratcheting up' that priomising seems to involve.
Keywords Promises  Deflationism  Kolodny and Wallace  Scanlon  Assurance
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