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The Circularity Objection

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/9780199659982.003.0008
The Circularity Objection

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A typology of co-reference relations is presented, and the notion of ‘co-reference de jure’ introduced, based on an intuitive criterion proposed by Kit Fine. The discussion focuses on the issue whether the mental file framework can account for the clustering of information which gives rise to that phenomenon, and for judgements of identity, in a non-circular way. The notion of proto-linking is introduced to account for the transition from proto-files to conceptual files — an issue to which an appendix is devoted.

Keywords: co-reference; Kit Fine; identity judgements; circularity; conceptual files; proto-files; proto-linking

Chapter.  4475 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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