Descriptive Names

François Recanati

in Mental Files

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

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Sometimes an object is known only by description, yet the subject opens a file for it in anticipation (‘Jack the Ripper’, ‘Neptune’). Appearances notwithstanding, this does not argue against the view put forth in previous chapters. The claim that mental files require a suitable acquaintance relation to the reference is a normative claim, distinct from the factual claim that there is no mental file tokening without some acquaintance relation to the referent.

Keywords: descriptive names; Jack the Ripper; neptune; acquaintance; normativity

Chapter.  4249 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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