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<b>Interim Conclusion</b>

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287826
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199287821.003.0006
 Interim Conclusion

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‘Purism’, the claim that I is a pure indexical, is a contradictory position which requires the truth of three doctrines that have been shown to be myths: ‘rule theory’, ‘independence’, and ‘the guarantee’. A rash craving for simplicity explains its almost-universal support. ‘Purism’ is false for reasons that create a presumption in favour of a sharply diverging conception: that I is a deictic term. Thus, it is now necessary to establish what a ‘deictic term’ is, and whether I counts as one.

Keywords: purism; rule theory; independence; the guarantee; pure indexical; deictic term; simplicity

Chapter.  2372 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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