Chapter

Thought and Context

Eros Corazza

in Reflecting the Mind

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270187
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601484 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927018X.003.0003
 Thought and Context

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Focuses on the way in which our cognitive activity is context dependent. In developing an idea put forward by Perry (1986), it is shown how we can succeed in thinking about something without having to represent this very thing insofar as the aboutness of one’s thought may not be represented. To sustain this view, the chapter focuses on the phenomenon of tacit reference and shows how context may bridge the gap between a thought and the event it represents.

Keywords: implicit arguments; logical form; meteorological verbs; representation; singular thoughts; tacit reference

Chapter.  14423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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