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Mental reference and individual concepts

R. M. Sainsbury

in Reference without Referents

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199241804
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602696 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241805.003.0007
 Mental reference and individual concepts

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Applies the book’s main ideas to mental content. The suggestion is that individual concepts, the concepts we use to think about individual objects, should be understood in the RWR or reference-conditional way, so that non-referring ones may be components in genuine thoughts. This is applied to perceptual content, and it is suggested that the RWR approach does best justice to the content of hallucinations.

Keywords: acquaintance; concepts; hallucination; identification; misidentification; objects; perception; recognition; sortals

Chapter.  19532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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