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The Nature of <i>de re</i> Thought

Kent Bach

in Thought and Reference

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198240778
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240778.003.0002

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The Nature of de re Thought

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This chapter focuses on de re thoughts about concrete individuals other than oneself. It first schematizes the general form of de re thought and then characterizes the de re representations and relations associated with each of the three kinds of de re thought: perception-based, memory-based, and communication-based. All three have been recognized by others, but the author presents a different view. One theme that will gradually emerge here will prove relevant to the inquiry later into the theory of singular reference: the main insights that underlie the causal theory of names properly belong to the theory of singular thought.

Keywords: de re thought; de re representation; singular thought; singular reference; causal theory of names; schema

Chapter.  7300 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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