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The Dynamics of Files

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/9780199659982.003.0007
The Dynamics of Files

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Papineau's critique of the analogy between perceptual concepts and indexicals is discussed. The accumulation of information across encounters with an object does not establish that a single file persists through changes in the subject's contextual relations to the referent. It is shown that, by appealing to the mechanism of ‘conversion’, one can account for the preservation of information across files within the indexical model.

Keywords: indexicals; conversion; perceptual concepts; contextual relations; Papineau

Chapter.  4601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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