A first go at a definition of insistence:
- Insistence is the firmly held conviction that the relevant agents would be best off were they to act based on
- (i) the belief that P is the right (or best) way to do things or
- (ii) the belief that Q is the right (best, most accurate, most coherent, etc.) view of the world.
In what typical statements does insistence manifest itself?
- I know how it is (and must be and cannot be otherwise).
- This is how we’ve always done things around here (and this is how we’ll continue to do things around here).
- That’s how I was taught (and I’m just doing what I was told: you should too).
- This is the right way to proceed. (Other ways are not worth considering.)
- I know what’s best for us.
- Based on my experience, we would be best off if we were to–.
- The most effective way of–.
- We should–, we ought to–.
- We must–, we have to–.
- Everyone is supposed to–.
When we review the list above, what do we discover are the linguistic indicators or telltale signs of insistence?
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