Conclusion to Part I

Jody Azzouni

in Talking About Nothing

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199738946
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866175 | DOI:
Conclusion to Part I

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This chapter offers a general explanation for why there is empty singular thought and speech. Indispensability is the key: our need, for example, to describe what things are like from another’s point of view—regardless of whether she is seeing what is actually there or not. What is indispensable is that such descriptions, therefore, must be (sometimes) of what isn’t there, and yet they must always be truth apt. There is more discussion of aboutness intuitions, and the drawbacks of pretence approaches and Meinongianism.

Keywords: singular thought; pretence; Meinongianism; aboutness

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Subjects: Philosophy

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