Slow Switching

François Recanati

in Mental Files

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659982
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745409 | DOI:
Slow Switching

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Is it possible for two deployments of the same mental file to refer to different objects, as in the phenomenon of slow switching discussed by Burge, Boghossian, and others? It is argued that the slow switching cases can be reanalysed as cases of presupposition failure, so that the ‘ambiguous’ file does not refer in such cases. This analysis preserves epistemic transparency in the face of the alleged counter-examples.

Keywords: Burge; Boghossian; slow switching; epistemic transparency; presupposition; reference failure

Chapter.  6271 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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