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Mental Files and Identity

François Recanati

in Mental Files

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659982
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745409 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659982.003.0004
Mental Files and Identity

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In the mental file framework identity comes into the picture twice. (i) Identity is presupposed when two pieces of information occur in the same file. (ii) Judgements of identity work by linking two distinct files, thereby enabling information to flow freely between them. Linking is distinguished from merging. Strawson's theory of files is discussed, and the special case in which the information stored in a file is relational information is considered.

Keywords: Strawson; linking; merging; identity; relational information

Chapter.  4103 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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