Singular Thought without Acquaintance

François Recanati

in Mental Files

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659982
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745409 | DOI:
Singular Thought without Acquaintance

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Actual acquaintance is not necessary to open a mental file: expected acquaintance is sufficient. Yet, in contrast to radical forms of Instrumentalism, it is argued that opening a mental file itself is not sufficient to entertain a singular thought (in the sense of thought-content, not thought-vehicle). The acquaintance conditions on singular thought are discussed. It is argued that mental files may also acquire and serve derived functions whose fulfilment does not require acquaintance.

Keywords: instrumentalism; acquaintance; singular thought; content/vehicle; derived functions

Chapter.  6808 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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