Jonardon Ganeri

in Artha

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198074137
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082131 | DOI:

Series: Foundations of Philosophy in India


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This chapter reports a description on indexicality and pronominal anaphora. Gadādhara's discussion centres on the anaphoric use of a pronoun. His account of such constructions represents an important application of his semantic framework. His theory of anaphora is that the anaphoric pronoun is an intensional indexical, the intensional element of which is ‘indicated’ by the description ‘being the mode under which the speaker intends to refer to the object’. Furthermore, it addresses the ‘paratactic’ and the ‘anaphoric’ solutions of Gadādhara. Gadādhara introduces that it is possible for indexical utterances to be assessed with respect to non-actual contexts. He also stated that ordinary indexical terms can function anaphorically when they are within the grammatical object of a propositional attitude verb. They reveal Gadādhara to be a philosopher wrestling with problems which are at the very heart of modern concerns in linguistics and the philosophy of language.

Keywords: indexicality; pronominal anaphora; Gadādhara; anaphoric pronoun; linguistics; philosophy of language

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Subjects: Philosophy

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