27 May 2007

Truth! Information! Relevance! Clarity!

Gricean maxims
source: philosopher Paul Grice
  • Maxim of Quality: Truth
    • Do not say what you believe to be false.
    • Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.
  • Maxim of Quantity: Information
    • Make your contribution as informative as is required for the current purposes of the exchange.
    • Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.
  • Maxim of Relation: Relevance
    • Be relevant.
  • Maxim of Manner: Clarity
    • Avoid obscurity of expression. ("Eschew obfuscation")
    • Avoid ambiguity.
    • Be brief ("avoid unnecessary prolixity").
    • Be orderly.

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