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Mental Indexicals

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/9780199659982.003.0005
Mental Indexicals

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Files deserve to be called ‘mental indexicals’ because their function — namely, informational exploitation of the relevant acquaintance relations — plays the same role as the conventional meaning of indexicals: through their functional role, mental file types map to types of acquaintance relations, just as, through their linguistic meaning (their ‘character’), indexical types map to types of contextual relation between token and referent. A distinction is drawn between proto-files, which can only host information derived through the relevant acquaintance relation, and conceptual files, which satisfy the Generality Constraint.

Keywords: indexicals; character/content; acquaintance relations; functional role; proto-files; conceptual files; generality constraint

Chapter.  3517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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