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The Mental File Framework and its Competitors

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/9780199659982.003.0018
The Mental File Framework and its Competitors

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This concluding chapter starts by comparing the theory of mental files presented in this book to ‘syntactic’ approaches to cognitive significance phenomena in terms of vehicles (e.g. Fodor) and ends by discussing three frameworks for thinking about mental indexicality: the Kaplan–Perry framework which applies the character/content distinction to thought, the centred worlds framework, and the token-reflexive framework. The theory of mental files, which is a version of the Kaplan–Perry framework, is shown to be superior to its two major competitors.

Keywords: cognitive significance; vehicles; centred worlds; character/content; token-reflexivity

Chapter.  5997 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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