For a goal conciliation theory: ante-factual abductive hypotheses and proactive modelling

Fábio José Rauen


Based on Sperber and Wilson‘s (1986/1995) relevance theory, I outline a goal conciliation theory in this paper in order to describe and explain the formulation and the evaluation of ante-factual abductive hypotheses in proactive contexts, claiming that the individual produces an inference to the best solution in these cases. I present this conceptual architecture in four stages—goal designing, and hypothesis formulation, execution and checking—with an example in which an individual intends to open his own locked front door. Finally, I evaluate goal self and hetero-conciliation processes in contexts of categorical, biconditional, conditional, enabling, and tautological ante-factual abductive hypotheses.


Cognitive Pragmatics; Relevance Theory; Goal Conciliation Theory; Proactive Modelling of Goals; Ante-factual Abductive Hypotheses

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Ling. disc. Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, ISSN 1982-4017

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